Newshub has obtained an explosive audio recording of Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash talking about NZ First MPs Winston Peters and Shane Jones.
The recording was from February 2018, around the time the Government first delayed the rollout of cameras on nearly 1000 fishing boats – since then it’s been delayed again until at least October next year.
In it, Nash points the finger of blame squarely at them for delaying plans to put cameras on commercial fishing boats to make sure they don’t break the law. . .
Michael Morrah has done a public service in reporting on this, not just because of questions over the delay to cameras but because of the link between the policy and donations.
Fishing company Talley’s donated $10,000 to Shane Jones’ 2017 election campaign. RNZ also revealed that Talleys donated $26,950 to the NZ First Foundation.
Newshub has verified these donations.
Talley’s Andrew Talley told Newshub “within the right framework cameras have a place in modern fisheries management”.
He says there’s “no connection” with donations and the camera delays. . .
It would be hard to either prove or disprove whether there is a connection.
But there is a problem with NZ First and its foundation which the Serious Fraud Office has referred to the police.
Referral does not mean guilt and for everyone’s sake this must be cleared up before voting starts.
Whether or not it that happens, this story provides yet another reason for National to keep its resolution to rule New Zealand First out as a potential coalition partner.
Labour won’t be able to do that without collapsing the government unless but they agreed to having the dog as a partner and have to put up with the fleas.