Haumaha debacle getting worse and worse for the government

The Haumaha debacle is getting worse and worse, and it seems now set to embroil the prime minister as well: Quote:

Police have confirmed they did receive an allegation of bullying on a joint project with the Justice Ministry headed by Wally Haumaha.

In Parliament today, it was claimed Mr Haumaha, who is now a deputy police commissioner, bullied three women during the project.

The Justice Ministry said it raised problems about behaviour and the management of the 2016 project directly with a high-ranking officer and expected the police to deal with it.

Police have a different version and say while they did get a complaint about bullying, it was not from an employee of any of the three agencies involved.

They say they went back to Justice and Corrections for more information but none was forthcoming, so they left it at that.

They are now urging any of the women who want to make a formal complaint to come forward.

This is just the latest twist in the inquiry into Mr Haumaha’s appointment as deputy commissioner.


In Parliament this afternoon, National Party deputy leader Paula Bennett wanted to know how the government would respond to the latest claims.

“Will the inquiry cover new allegations … of intimidation by Wally Haumaha to other public servants who were working with him?”

In response, senior minister Grant Robertson said any bullying of public servants was unacceptable.

“The inquiry has been set up to look into whether or not all relevant information was available in the appointment of Mr Haumaha – on the face of it it would [be covered].

“Those allegations fit with in that category of the terms of reference.”

Ms Bennett had a further question to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about other departments involved.

“Will she be asking the chief executives of Corrections and Justice whether they have had reports from senior female employees that they wished not to be in the same room as Wally Haumaha?”

On behalf of Ms Ardern, Mr Robertson told the House there would be follow up with those chief executives about these new allegations.

Ms Bennett then asked whether the public could have confidence in the police leadership.

“When they either didn’t know, or didn’t act, on issues with Wally Haumaha working with other public servants?”

Mr Robertson said he could not comment on that, except to say the alleged behaviour took place in 2016, and that he was “not aware” of all of the information passed to department heads, or indeed ministers at the time.

Speaking outside the House, Police Minister Stuart Nash said: “I think there’s a process around natural justice”.

“These allegations at this stage, as far as I’m aware, there is no formal complaint of bullying that has been made, until that has been made then these are simply just that – allegations.”?End quote.

The prime minister is upset that allegations are being drip fed into the public arena. God knows why. This is how a hit job is run, and she should know by now it is how politics is played: Quote:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declined to comment on the Facebook banter between Nash and Haumaha.

“I’m hugely frustrated to be in a situation where an appointment has been made and now we’re having information being drip fed out, which should have been made available at the time of the appointment. That’s why we’re undertaking this work,” said Ardern, referring to the inquiry.

The Cabinet is still considering candidates to conduct the inquiry after the original reviewer, Pauline Kingi, resigned last week amid revelations by the?Herald?that she had endorsed Haumaha 23 times on the professional networking website LinkedIn.

Haumaha’s links to New Zealand First have also dogged the inquiry – overseen by Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin, a NZ First MP – although the PM has downplayed any suggestions of a conflict of interest.

One of the three women who walked out of police headquarters – and did not return – is now planning to make a formal complaint about Haumaha’s alleged behavior.

She says the trio raised the matter with their respective managers, which is why they kept working on the project from the national office of the Justice Ministry.

However, she was never asked to make a formal complaint and the women believed their managers would handle it on their behalf.?End quote.

There was a cock-up, but it appears that the appointment was in the hands of the prime minster herself. There is now what appears to be a cover-up underway. David Farrar points out the problem Jacinda Ardern faces: Quote:

The Deputy Police Commissioner is basically appointed by the Prime Minister. What if it transpires he was not the top ranked candidate, but Ardern appointed him regardless? End quote.

No wonder there appears to be a cover-up and the prime minister is “hugely frusrtrated”. She’s the boss and she is exposed.