Pearlgate: Why attack the messenger?

Wednesday May 28, 2014 Published in Letters to the Editor
The CIP government has said it intends to lodge a formal complaint against New Zealand journalism student Brigette Masters in relation to her story published by TV3 that alleged the Prime Minister was set to receive aid money for his pearl farm. Pictured is Henry Puna in Manihiki in 2011. 11020848 The CIP government has said it intends to lodge a formal complaint against New Zealand journalism student Brigette Masters in relation to her story published by TV3 that alleged the Prime Minister was set to receive aid money for his pearl farm. Pictured is Henry Puna in Manihiki in 2011. 11020848

Dear Editor, I am gobsmacked that the CIP-led government intends to lodge a formal complaint to Massey University against one of its students, Brigette Masters.

The complaint is for publically exposing what appears to be unethical dealings relating to aid monies which have been allocated to assist the pearl farmers of Manihiki atoll.  

The nerve of this government!

Rather than seek to see Ms Masters punished for her commendable actions, the government should in fact be applauding her for having the insight to figure out and expose the apparent conflict of interest with PM Henry Puna seeking aid monies which have been specifically targeted to assist pearl farmers in Manihiki. 

To top it off, shame on Henry Puna for publically denying that he had received financial assistance since 2010 when all along he did in fact receive over $18,000 worth of assistance in 2011.

How can the voters of this country be expected to support a leader who is economic with the truth and who appears to use his position to serve his own interests?

Watergate

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Editor’s note: It has now been clarified by George Ellis that Puna’s wife Akaiti has been the recipient of the loan/grant and who has applied for additional aid. The PM has reconfirmed he has had no dealings with the family pearl farm since entering politics in 2006.

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