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:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Cab Press Conference: Foreign Buyers Register, TPP And Serco

At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco. Key was questioned on whether a stamp tax might be used as a tool to deal with foreign buyers. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood Satire: Serco To Outsource Prison To Public Sector

In response to high-profile failings, multinational omnicorporation Serco will introduce public management in its prison system. Serco's New Zealand manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, has announced plans for managers from the Department of Corrections to run the Mt Eden Correctional Facility. More>>

National Party Conference: Plans To Nudge Immigrants Towards Regions

The Government will introduce a package of immigration measures aimed at improving the spread of workers, skills and investment across New Zealand, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news