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


Rip-Off Culture Helen Clark's Fault

Rip-Off Culture Helen Clark's Fault

Sunday 7 Dec 2003
Rodney Hide
Press Releases -- Economy

ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide today slammed Prime Minister Helen Clark for the "rip-off" culture that has developed under her leadership.

"Tuku Morgan's $70,000 garden shed scandal is just a prominent example of what is happening every day.

"If you wear a bone carving, wander down Wellington's Lambton Quay, and say `Kia ora', Helen Clark's bureaucrats will queue up to throw money at you. There is huge waste, cronyism, shocking management, and wasted opportunity.

"The fault lies directly with Prime Minister Helen Clark.

"Tuku `$89-undies' Morgan has picked up $3.2 million for his company making TV programmes that look like never getting to air on the richly-funded, ill-managed Maori Television Service.

"Tuku billed Helen Clark's government $70,000 to use his mother-in-law's garden shed as a `TV studio' for ten days. It's bad enough that Tuku billed the Government. What's truly shocking is that the Government paid it. And to add insult to injury, Te Mangai Paho Chairman Wira Gardiner has declared himself `satisfied with [Tuku's company] Astraeus NZ Ltd's performance in respect of its funding'.

"$70,000 for a garden shed? And the Government is satisfied? Get real. You could buy ten sheds for what our government paid to hire one from Tuku for just ten days.

"The response to the `shed-gate' rip-off is typical. Tuku's brother-in-law Tau Henare declares questioning the high spending to be `Maori bashing'. That's what Helen Clark's Ministers and spin-doctors call it too.

"Well, I have never `bashed' a Maori in my life. But on behalf of taxpayers I have demanded to know where all this money is going. I won't be deflected by claims of `Maori bashing' or racism. New Zealanders expect their hard-earned dollars to be spent wisely and well. And it ain't happening under Helen Clark's `throw money at Maori' policy," Mr Hide said.


For more information visit ACT online at or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Panic In The Pacific Over China

For years, it has been no secret that China wants closer security and trade ties with the small nations of the Pacific region. All part of Beijing’s self-image as a global superpower. To that end this week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on an unprecedented 10-day tour of the Pacific, aimed at convincing his Pacific hosts to join a cross-Pacific agreement that would let Beijing provide them with high-level police training and security, shared data co-operation and other joint services ranging from agriculture to tourism...


Covid-19: Second Vaccine Booster For The Most Vulnerable
People who are at high-risk of getting very sick from a COVID-19 infection will soon be eligible to receive a second booster, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Crime: Govt Helps Protect Shops From Ram Raids

The Government is providing further support to help Police protect small businesses affected by a spike in ram raids, Minister of Police Poto Williams says... More>>

Government: Investment Boosts Coastal Shipping In Aotearoa
New Zealand is a step closer to a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable coastal shipping sector following the selection of preferred suppliers for new and enhanced coastal shipping services, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>

PM Speech: Harvard University Commencement Speech - Democracy, Disinformation And Kindness

In Te Reo Māori, the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand, I paid tribute to all of the esteemed guests who stand here in this great forest of knowledge. It is a privilege to be here, and I thank you for the honour... More>>

Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>

Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>




InfoPages News Channels