Wednesday, April 17, 2013

John Tamihere: Bullying thug

Last month, journalist Matt Nippert did some excellent work investigating dodgy dealings by John Tamihere, whose Waipareira Trust enabled a $500,000 loan to him as a "reward" for his leadership, and took the hit when the deal went sour. In retaliation, Tamihere stalked Nippert's family, and posted photos of his home on the web.

Its a classic case of thuggery by Tamihere, an attempt to stifle criticism by bullying and intimidation. Fortunately it hasn't worked. Meanwhile, though, he's hoping to be selected as a Labour candidate next election. Labour has a choice here: it can support bullying, or take a stand against it. Hopefully they'll make the right one.