Parliament

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

 

ACT Calls For Inquiry Into Durie & Hall Allegation

ACT Deputy Leader Hon Ken Shirley is today calling for an urgent inquiry into serious allegations against High Court Judge & Chairman of the Waitangi Tribunal, Justice Eddie Durie and his lawyer wife, Donna Hall.

"The allegation that the Chairman of the Waitangi Tribunal prepared legal briefs for his lawyer wife to the Tribunal is very, very serious.

"It would be intolerable to accept that the Chairman of the Tribunal, who is also the husband of Donna Hall, actively participated in the preparation of some of those cases.

"The allegations are possibly the most serious ever made against the integrity of the New Zealand judiciary and potentially they cut to the heart of governance and democracy in New Zealand. ACT New Zealand is extremely concerned by these allegations.

"If the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary is to be upheld then Chief Justice Elias and the Attorney General Sir Douglas Graham must satisfy themselves that there is no substance to these claims. If there is found to be substance to these allegations then the Chief Justice and Attorney General must reveal the depth of their knowledge and explain why Justice Durie was appointed a High Court Judge.

Questions were being raised about the working relationship of Judge Durie and Donna Hall as far back as 1992. Those questions lead to a confidential inquiry conducted by Retired High Court Judge, Sir Peter Quilliam.

"I am asking the Doug Graham to make public the terms of reference and findings of the Inquiry into this relationship.



"It is my understanding that Judge Durie offered his resignation to the Attorney General at the time of the Quilliam Inquiry. I am seeking confirmation or denial from the Attorney General but if my understanding is correct, then the public should know the basis for that offer of resignation and the reasons by Sir Douglas Graham did not accept it at that time.

"I am also seeking the public disclosure of the various confidential reviews that have been undertaken into the operation and procedures of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust including the $150,000 review in which it is alleged Judge Durie participated with Donna Hall even though he was Chairman of the Waitangi Tribunal which recommends the distribution of rental proceeds from this Trust. Of the $200 plus million accumulated in this Trust some $44 million has been spent on Waitangi Tribunal claims" said Ken Shirley.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Open White Nationalism

At one level, this has been the week that the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln – which once led a civil war that ended the slave economy of the South – has now defined itself openly as being the party of white nationalism.

By telling those four elected, American born and/or raised women of colour to “go home”, US President Donald Trump’s racist agenda has come out of the shadows. More>>

 

RNZ: Trades Hall Bombing Case Re-Opened, Evidence Released

The cold case has been reopened and the police have recently revealed more details about the bomb's components - including that it was wrapped in a 1977 edition of The Evening Post. More>>

Safety: Govt Targets Fewer Deaths On The Road

“Most roads deaths and serious injuries are preventable and too many New Zealanders have lost their lives or been seriously injured in crashes that could have been prevented by road safety upgrades,” said Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Rise Delay: Teachers Unions Plan Legal Action Against Novopay

Both of the teachers unions - NZEI and the PPTA - have confirmed they will be taking legal action against Novopay. More>>

ALSO:

Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>

ALSO:

$1m Compensation Paid: First Gun Ban Event In Christchurch

The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. But Stuart Nash had concerns about whether the participation reflected the number of weapons in the region. More>>

ALSO:

The Kids: Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off

120 Youth MPs and 20 Youth Press Gallery members have gathered in Wellington to attend the two-day Youth Parliament event ... More>>

ALSO:

Friends Like These: Foreign Minister To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. today for talks with senior members of the US Administration, and to attend the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aussie Banks’ Latest Fee Hike Excuse

When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on its plans to require the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves then you might have expected the banks to whine and complain. And so they have. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels