This story could be called "The Minister, The Unionist and The Trough."
It's a complex web of intrigue, lies, harrassment and greed. A rerun of the Auckland regions blood letting services fiasco.
At the heart of the plot is the good old Labour Party view that when it comes to laws, conventions and ethics, they are for other people. People like small business owners, National Party members, accountants, golf club members and Rotarians.
You will need to read the piece carefully to see what is going on. It is not pretty.
The most sordid detail is glossed over. Annette King's husband (ex unionist) is now employed by the fellow his wife appointed to the board of the DHB and who then attempted to 'swing' the $50 mil contract in the direction of his own company.
Labour people don't have conflicts of interest, they just have their mates.
Kittens. Kittens everywhere…
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