July 04, 2018
Honours belie National’s Haumaha barbs
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the appointment of Wally Haumaha as police deputy commissioner won’t be a witch hunt.
Mr Peters ordered the inquiry after victim support advocate Louise Nicholas raised comments Mr Haumaha made 14 years ago questioning her allegations she had been raped by three of his former police colleagues.
The inquiry will look at whether the appointment process was correct.
He questioned why the National Party leader Simon Bridges is trying to make political capital.
"The National Party needs to explain why you would give Wally Haumaha two honours, not one but two, and why do you think you can throw barbs now?" Mr Peters says.
He says the person doing the inquiry will be someone the public can have confidence in.
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