After Brian Tamaki’s arrest, the Minister of Police was advised via txt from the commissioner of police.(1)
After the event!
So, we are informed by Main Stream Media today.
This is a very important claim.
This is the same media which by my standards, is largely beholden to protect the government.
As Hon Dr Bassett comments on the Public Interest Journalism Fund (2) established by Labour:
“Stuff received $300,000 to establish a “cultural competency course”. To encourage Maori TV, NZME, Pacific Media, News hub and support partners to take on journalism cadets who are Maori or Pacific, a cool $2.4 million was handed out. NZME that produces the New Zealand Herald got $440,000. One estimate I’ve seen is that 40% of the total beneficence will go to Maori projects.”
Under New Zealand protocols which govern the conduct of the Executive, Cabinet Ministers must NOT intervene in Operational decisions.
This protocol applies to every Minister and every government department; be it running a hospital or fighting a battle in El Alamein.
Government and more precisely, the Executive, set policy for departmental Heads to apply and follow.
Departmental Heads are solely responsible for the application of policy.
This is how many ministers in the past have avoided the guillotine when a Ministry has stuffed up applying policy.
However, as one scrolls through the Main Stream Media account of “How close to the action was the Minister” when Brain Tamaki was K 9 (arrested), the following sentence emerges:
“Her office received an email on October 12 from a member of the police strategic communications team, stating that Tamaki was appearing in court that day.”(3)
This ‘advice’ is update which any competent minister would be expected to know via the collection of acolytes loitering in the Beehive – looking for something to do to justify their jobs.
Question for the reader:
Does a series of txts from police HQ to the Minister, suggest that the relationship might be a little more than, Operations Command separated from Policy Promulgator?
I would conclude: A FINE LINE.
Read the Herald justification and make your own call.
Ross Meurant, graduate in politics both at university and as a Member of Parliament; formerly police inspector in charge of Auckland spies; currently Honorary Consul for an African state, Trustee and CEO of Russian owned commercial assets in New Zealand and has international business interests.