Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Collins Dishes Out Favours While Other Kiwi Firms Struggle

Collins Dishes Out Favours While Other Kiwi Firms Struggle


While many Kiwi firms were left struggling by the Fonterra botulism scare in China, the Government rushed to bail out Oravida in an act of favouritism for Minister of Justice Judith Collins’ husband’s company, says New Zealand First.

“Why did all New Zealand firms not get the same level of red carpet treatment and ministerial access as Judith Collins’ husband’s company Oravida,” asks New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Judith Collins put herself at the forefront of government action to assist Oravida, after Oravida alerted the Government that the Fonterra milk scare was harming its business.

“Ms Collins personally went into action. She visited Oravida in Shanghai, had lunch with Oravida directors and dinner with the directors and a senior Chinese border official.

“When the Oravida officials met Ms Collins for lunch and dinner they were well aware new procedures had been put in place on China’s borders in response to the botulism scare by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

“Just two days before they had been invited to a New Zealand Government briefing on AQSIQ, which included an understanding of new rules and compliance.

“The official at the dinner with Ms Collins was from AQSIQ – but Ms Collins maintains the official is a ‘friend’ of her Oravida friends and Oravida’s real concerns were never discussed. Ms Collins does not speak Mandarin so her denial is worthless.

“Both Ms Collins and Prime Minister John Key refuse to name the official, saying it is not in the public interest.

“Meanwhile, many New Zealand businesses are still suffering, not only milk companies but meat companies too. Some are still fighting through a bureaucratic nightmare to get goods into China,” says Mr Peters.

“The preferential actions of Ms Collins and the Government are shameful.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news