Kapi-Mana News : June 11th 2013
12 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 11, 2013 NEWS/OPINION WNZ13_BRAND2 WWW.WHITIREIA.AC.NZ 0800 944 847 EnRol Now Get StARteD IN jULY Whitireia and WelTec have formed a strategic partnership to develop a network of tertiary learning throughout the greater Wellington out what subjects check out www.weltec.ac.nz d Automotive Engineering d Business d Café Services d Carpentry d Creative Writing d Electrical Engineering d English Language d Floristry d Film & Television Production d First Line Management d Foundation Studies d Hairdressing d Information Technology d Journalism d Legal studies d Management d Mastercraft d Music d Nursing Māori d O ce Administration & Computing d Plumbing, Drainlaying, Gas tting & Roo ng d Professional Cookery d Publishing d Photography d Postgraduate Nursing & Health Studies d Radio Broadcasting d Retail Management d Road Transport d Te Reo Māori d Trade Skills d Tourism d Youth Guarantee (fee free) PORIRUA / WELLINGTON / KAPITI Dunne's fall from grace pitiful TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL Pity is rarely extended to any politician, but Peter Dunne cut such a forlorn figure when resigning as a minister last week that only the hardest of hearts could fail to be moved -- and if not on Dunne s account, then on behalf of his wife, whom he invoked more than once. The fact that Dunne -- for decades, Parliament s Mr Goody Two Shoes -- has been the hare- brained agent of his own downfall has lent a surreal layer to the whole affair. Variants of I can t explain my behaviour were all he had to offer. If you believed him, Dunne has become a mystery, even to himself. The problem for him is that no- one believes him. No-one believes this brain fade any more than those of John Banks and John Key before him. (Self-preservation is the mother of all brain fades.) Should he now resign from Parliament? Not as yet. However, given that official secrets were in the Kitteridge document, the culprit could con- ceivably face criminal prosecution. For that reason, it seems unlikely that John Key will be asking the police to investigate the leak, as requested by the Greens. For his part, Dunne still insists he wasn t the leaker. Yet as one reporter asked: Why should we believe you? Indeed. Dunne was also asked whether he was besotted with the journalist in question, and his denials and proclamations of pro- fessionalism seemed a bit beside the point. His credibility has now been shot, and henceforth, his actions in Parliament -- and his votes on legislation -- will be tainted. To some, that alone makes a case for his eventual resignation as an MP. Why did he do whatever it was -- ultimately -- that he did? As has now passed into legend, Dunne resigned his ministerial portfolios because of lapses of judgment around Easter time, a point when he now confesses he was actively considering leaking his copy of the Kitteridge investi- gation into the Government s elec- tronic spy agency, the GCSB, to The Dominion Post reporter Andrea Vance. So seriously did Dunne consider leaking the report that he exchanged 86 emails with Vance, including 23 on one day, while on holiday in the United States with his wife. Subsequently, Dunne refused to hand over those emails to David Henry, the former public servant conducting the official inquiry into the leak. Finally, this refusal became the trigger for Dunne s resignation. Has it been the embarrassment of looking like an old fool or the fear of criminal prosecution that has motivated his subsequent brain fade about his actions and motivations? Moreover, was this leak, of material due to be released only days later, really a present to Vance from an infatuated admirer? Not a present from him, Dunne insisted to the press conference, before going into pathetic detail about how his copy of the Kit- teridge report had sat in a locked briefcase over Easter while he was in the States, in his house under a video surveillance system that showed no sign of a break-in. As if this explanation -- or the man making it -- has any residue of credibility remaining. Pity may not be the right response, but public humiliation is rarely pretty. Making time for what she loves brings Pataka art award win Winner: Hama Matthews with her winning entry in the Friends of Pataka Art Awards. Photo supplied Hawa Matthews cut a surprised figure when her name was read out as the winner of the inaugural Friends of Pataka Art Awards on May 30. Over 200 people were keenly anticipating the announcement. When Ms Matthews name was read out, winning the $1000 prize courtesy of the Helen Smith fam- ily, her reaction was, who, me? Her acrylic painting on canvas Beauty in the Bay was lauded by judge Jill Trevelayan, manager of works of art at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who had to decide a winner from 73 entries. Highly commended was Natalie Smith s monoprint You re getting under my skin , winning her $750, sponsored by Tommy s Real Estate Mana. Ms Matthews came to New Zea- land from the Philippines in 2008 as an international student. She is a mother of two and social worker with the Red Cross, work- ing with refugees. She started painting two years ago and had her first solo exhi- bition in Wellington in February this year, selling nine paintings. Ms Matthews says, No matter how busy you are you must find time to do the things you have a passion for, it will turn out to be a work of art. Each year a different judge from out of the Porirua area will choose the winning entries. The exhibition is bringing in large crowds and voting for the People s Choice Award is very popular, says the awards co-ordinator Carolyn Wallace. The closing party and presen- tation of all awards, including the People s Choice, will be at Pataka on June 30, from 4pm. Ms Treve- lyan will speak and explain her choices. All are welcome.
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