● The Trusts Charitable Foundation (TTCF Inc) ● The Trusts Community Foundation Ltd (TTCF Ltd) ● Otago Rugby Football Union (ORFU) ● Professional Rugby ● Centre of Excellence for Amateur Sport ● Harness Racing ● Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) ● Gambling Commission ● Pokies ● Rorts ● Organised Crime ● Serious Fraud ● Political Interference
Updated post 7.4.14
Multimillion-dollar pokie scams just won’t go away.
DIA/SFO parade their joint investigations in the media at the same time they appear to avoid TTCF. Why? Remember it was our own ORFU that started the Jokers rorts in 2005 – they bought the Jokers Bars in Auckland and after 18 months sold a 50% stake in Jokers to Mike O’Brien and Harness Racing interests.
It seems Rugby has total immunity in New Zealand, as do Licensing trusts, and on that basis TTCF are just too big to fail.
A post made by Sheriff (Leo Molloy) published at racecafe.co.nz on 30 July 2013 – 06:57 PM was subsequently removed from that site.
On 1 August 2013 Sheriff’s post was reproduced here by Elizabeth Kerr, and accompanied by comments.
What if? Dunedin was made aware of the following today – this post has been updated to remove derogatory content. What if? Dunedin and Elizabeth Kerr apologise unreservedly to Greg Purcell, Chief Executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, for any offence or distress caused.
7 April 2014
Mr Purcell writes:
“On 3 December 2014, the Wellington District Court (with Mr Molloy’s consent) issued an Order under the Harassment Act.
The court order sets out a series of conditions including that Mr Molloy cannot publish or caused to be published or retain online any statements concerning or about me [Greg Purcell]. You will note that the offending material about me has been removed from the Racecafe website, including the posts which you have republished.
You may be aware that on 20 December 2013 Mr Molloy published an apology to me, stating:
“Over the past three years I have made a number of comments and statements on the Race Cafe website about you and others which have been offensive, insulting or abusive.
Some of my comments have said, or implied, that you are corrupt, fraudulent or dishonest.
I acknowledge and accept that is not the case.
I am sorry that I made these statements and regret any hurt or distress that this has caused. As you know, I am in the process of withdrawing them from the website and have undertaken to stop making such statements in the future.
I fully and sincerely apologise to you for making them.
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Our old friend Peter Dunne thrown into sharp relief:
### 3news.co.nz Thursday 01 Aug 2013 7:00p.m.
Peter Dunne questioning Vance info leak
The Prime Minister declined an invitation to discuss what role his chief of staff played in the snooping on phone and email correspondence between Peter Dunne and journalist Andrea Vance.
The head of Parliamentary Service [Geoff Thorn] resigned over this very issue today. But who asked him, or someone under him, to do the things that have cost him his very senior job? And will that person resign?
This is now very strange and bizarrely, Peter Dunne himself still has no idea how David Henry’s inquiry into the GCSB leak obtained all the material it had on him.
### 3news.co.nz Thursday 01 Aug 2013 3:37p.m
Parliamentary Services head resigns
By Simon Wong – Online Reporter
The general manager of Parliamentary Services has resigned. Speaker of the House David Carter confirmed he received the resignation of Geoff Thorn this morning. “I have accepted his resignation with some regret, as during his tenure as General Manager, Mr Thorn has overseen a significant improvement to the operation of Parliamentary Service,” Mr Carter says. “However, both he and I acknowledge that the confidence in Parliamentary Service has been undermined by events in recent weeks, and as General Manager he accepts responsibility for this.” Mr Thorn’s last day will be tomorrow. He will receive three months’ salary and any entitlements he has owing to him. The resignation follows a recent scandal involving the release of political journalist Andrea Vance’s phone records and MP Peter Dunne to a ministerial inquiry into the leak of a GCSB report. David Stevenson, currently the Group Manager, Precinct Services will step in as acting general manager role from 5pm Friday.
Oh dear. Something’s been “lying” around for the time it takes for a faint suggestion of a whiff in the air to turn into “rotting carcass in septic tank catastrophe”.
It was Shakespeare who made the comment that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark”. I wonder, were he here today, would he think “many things are rotten in the state of New Zealand”. Between Key and the GCSB, the A Vance email intrusions, the DIA/SFO ORFU/TTCF pokie rorts, and now finally, in our own little ‘cess pit’ Dunedin, the stadium accounts officially up to $267 million and counting. But no-one is personally responsible or accountable. “What sayest thou William?”
### ODT Online Fri, 2 Aug 2013
Dunne seeking legal advice
United Future leader Peter Dunne is seeking legal advice after discovering today that his emails were sent to an inquiry into a leaked GCSB report a day before he gave permission. Mr Dunne resigned as a minister for not agreeing to supply the content of his emails to the Henry inquiry into the leak of the Kitteridge report on the GCSB spy agency to Fairfax journalist Andrea Vance. Emails released today by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s chief executive Andrew Kibblewhite showed Mr Dunne had not given permission before his emails were sent to the Henry accessed. “The material was released to the inquiry on 21 May, the day before Mr Henry asked for access to my emails, which I refused,” Mr Dunne said. He said he was “shocked beyond belief” to learn this afternoon the Parliamentary Service had handed over the emails between himself and Vance. “I am extremely concerned and angry about this gross, unauthorised breach of personal privacy, especially since it was my refusal to authorise access to the content of those emails that brought about my resignation as a minister. APNZ
Be interesting to see if Peter Dunne will continue to give his support to the GCSB bill after seeing how he was shafted by the ‘bovver boys’. My bet is his ‘grovelling’ instincts for self survival will compel him to roll over, wag his tail and play ‘dumb’.
What is it with Peter Dunne. He resigned as a Minister claiming “lapses of judgement” but in any event we’ve never learnt what those lapses of judgement were. It’s made worse by the fact that he publicly admitted that he’d considered leaking the Kitteridge report but denied going through with.
Surely if the emails proved his innocence he would have handed them over. After all, he is not a member of the public but a well paid Govt Minister, a party leader, and by virtue of his position, a member of the Govt Security committee. Therefore the public could rightly expect that all his business dealings with the public and media via email were totally professional and above suspicion at all times.
Under these circumstances, Dunne’s unwillingness to provide the emails speaks volumes and the fact he is now engaged in a public display of outrage and threats of legal action suggests we may all be being played for fools in the midst of proposed law changes to supposedly protect the public. That law and the process should not be hijacked by some two bit politician desperate to hang on to political power or protect his own lapses of judgement.
How unfortunate that “lapses of judgement” became his default setting.
Peter Dunne takes pains to project an image that reflects what he believes people want to hear. Ever since that election TV programme including the “worm” he plays on public emotions. The reality is that many view him as nothing more than a small, posturing, conceited idiot more interested in protecting his own interests than really performing for the benefit of anyone else. Many sites and contributors have noted his involvement in the pokie rorts of TTCF where his own interests meant that pressure is said to have been applied to get investigations stopped.
All this posturing and posing with threats of legal action about his emails, all this suspicion about his real motives in the relationship with Andrea Vance, his hypocritical behaviour of outrage of what has happened to reveal his intentions about the Henry fiasco, and his continued support of Key’s Government because he says that he alone is protecting New Zealanders by means of his amendments to the stupid Bill are nothing other than desperate attempts to retain his privilged position. Truly, the worm has turned.
The following opinion piece is more strongly titled ‘Govt betrayal on a massive scale’ in today’s New Zealand Herald (link).
### ODT POnline Sat, 3 Aug 2013
Key afflicted by a sudden bout of crisis management
By John Armstrong
OPINION Journalists are by nature deeply suspicious of politicians and the motives which drive them, and vice-versa. Thrown together in the rabbit warren which passes for the parliamentary complex – a veritable hothouse fuelled by rampant ego, unrequited ambition, rumour and constant intrigue – MPs and media nevertheless have to establish a degree of trust for their mutually-parasitic relationship to function. That trust works on many levels, be it MPs feeling they can talk off the record with confidence they will not be shopped to their superiors, to journalists respecting embargoes, to Cabinet ministers not blocking the release of sensitive documents sought by media under the Official Information Act.
The trawling of a Press Gallery reporter’s phone logs by parliamentary authorities is a breach of trust of such mega proportions that it may well place a lingering chill on politician-journalist contact. The legacy of the David Henry inquiry into the leaking of the Kitteridge report on the workings of the Government Communications Security Bureau may be to always leave the question lurking at the back of everyone’s mind as to who else might be listening, reading or watching. The supplying of the phone records of the Dominion Post’s Andrea Vance to the inquiry displayed a callous disregard for press freedom which is without recent precedent.
Key has made a great contribution to physics. The buck may knock a few people over but once it enters his personal force-field it NEVER stops, indeed it accelerates at such a rate that in a short time, after a couple of small distractions, it can no longer be seen by the human eye.
In this Stuff story the Dunne douche appears to be sucking on a particularly sour lemon. Or puckering up to kiss John Key’s arse. Either way – quite funny mugshot and most fitting given recent events.
Looks like he’s in a lift straining to keep a fart imprisoned. Too late, Peter, we can even smell you from here, it’s the pong of dodginess.
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