Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

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


Statement from Tau Henare

Tau Henare
National Party MP

1 November 2007

Statement from Tau Henare

National Party MP Tau Henare says he is disappointed that the Prime Minister is attempting to rewrite the sequence of events leading up to last week’s incident with Trevor Mallard.

Helen Clark said that ‘he [Mr Henare] also made the first move by grabbing Mr Mallard’s tie and throat’.

“Mr Mallard knows who the aggressor was. If he did not accept that, why did he and Michael Cullen come to the National Party offices within half an hour to make a full apology.

“Mr Mallard did the right thing by accepting responsibility. Is Ms Clark now saying that he should not have apologised?

“Why is she is publicly undermining Mr Mallard?”

Mr Henare says though he accepted Mr Mallard’s contrite apology in good faith, he will not sit idly by and let the Prime Minister invent reasons for giving Mr Mallard a portfolio promotion.

“Helen Clark has no right to start re-writing history.

“As far as I’m concerned, Mr Mallard has apologised for this incident and I have accepted that.

“Helen Clark can’t now use this as an answer to the public pressure that she’s under for giving Mr Mallard what’s perceived as a portfolio promotion.”


Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National Spreading Panic About The Economy

The lure for New Zealand to join the AUKUS military alliance is that membership of only its “second pillar” will still (supposedly) give us access to state of the art military technologies. As top US official Kurt Campbell said during his visit to Wellington a year ago:
...We've been gratified by how many countries want to join with us to work with cutting-edge technologies like in the cyber arena, hypersonics, you can go down a long list and it's great to hear that New Zealand is interested...


Government: Retiring Chief Of Navy Thanked For His Service

Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia... More

Labour: Grant Robertson To Retire From Parliament
Labour List MP and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson will retire from Parliament next month, and later in the year take up the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More

Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.