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May 10, 2016

Matt Nippert, National Treasure

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 9:18 am

Here’s the opening par of his story today:

Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca used a bankrupt Elvis impersonator from Tauranga to provide a sham residential address for the alleged bagman in a major bribery scandal in Iraq.

Also, via Stuff:

United Future leader and former Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says Inland Revenue never told him of any concerns about New Zealand’s foreign trust industry, raising concerns about whether it understands the scale of the problem.

Guyon Espiner did a story about the explosion of the foreign trust industry for TV3 back in 2012, and he confronted Dunne with pretty much all of this. Dunne’s reply was that this was all ‘legitimate tax avoidance’.

11 Comments »

  1. “Dunne’s reply was that this was all ‘legitimate tax avoidance’.”

    Some of us might have grudging respect for Mr hunt-with-the-hounds-and-run-wth-the-hares, were he to stick to his 2012 statements. But no, he’s now trying to push the IRD under the moral and ethical bus. Typical…

    Comment by D'Esterre — May 10, 2016 @ 12:28 pm

  2. ‘ Mr hunt-with-the-hounds-and-run-wth-the-hares’ But you forget one thing , hes now talking with a different hat one- leader of his party- previously he was talking as Key’s Minister of Revenue, which is as has been noted, Mr Key is the one deciding Revenue policy

    Comment by dukeofurl — May 10, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

  3. Dukeofurl: “…hes now talking with a different hat one- leader of his party- previously he was talking as Key’s Minister of Revenue, which is as has been noted, Mr Key is the one deciding Revenue policy”

    Not a convincing explanation, in my view. I’m not disposed to cut him any slack over this issue. Courage, dear fellow, courage! Not a bit of it: pusillanimity, more like.

    Comment by D'Esterre — May 10, 2016 @ 2:18 pm

  4. Not a bit of it: pusillanimity, more like.

    Part of the problem is that he’s been living on sufferance since his banal little peccadillo with Vance.
    All elevated heels and stiff quiff, our Peter; he’s as supine as they come on matters of principle.

    Comment by Gregor W — May 10, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

  5. Nippert did well to get another story out of this. The story being the Elvis impersonator angle. Is that as good as it’s going to get?

    Comment by Nick R — May 10, 2016 @ 5:37 pm

  6. @Nick R,

    The story being the Elvis impersonator angle.

    Don’t worry – there’s more (and better) coming:

    While the vast majority of clients from that continent will prove benign, investigations this morning have turned up at least two cases where those facing claims of corruption or money-laundering in their home countries were found to have offshore vehicles set up here by Mossack Fonseca that cover the period of their alleged offending.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11636727

    Comment by Flashing Light — May 10, 2016 @ 7:18 pm

  7. The quickest way to the heart of this is a simple question: Would you rather the Panama papers had never been leaked?

    A journalist would say “Of course not”. An apologist would say “Um … “

    Comment by sammy 3.0 — May 10, 2016 @ 7:21 pm

  8. Gregor W: “All elevated heels and stiff quiff, our Peter…”

    Cracker description! Original?

    Sammy 3.0: “An apologist would say “Um … “ ”

    Indeed. And there’s a lot of “Um…”, I’ve noticed, on this site and elsewhere.

    Comment by D'Esterre — May 10, 2016 @ 10:06 pm

  9. @Sammy the answer to your question is insert the name of a human rights or refugee law firm and then ask the question again. We either believe in client-lawyer privilege or we don’t. We either believe in innocent until proven guilty or we don’t. Personally, I think our freedoms are being eroded by this concept of anything termed a “data breach” being somehow magically morally right.

    Comment by Robert Singers — May 11, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

  10. “Matt Nippert, National Treasure”. Agreed, as is his colleague, Brian Rudman, whose column in yesterdy’s Herald about Auckland property was magisterial.

    Comment by jonothan8 — May 11, 2016 @ 8:59 pm

  11. I think you are all being a bit hard on Elvis here.

    Comment by leeharmanclark — May 11, 2016 @ 10:26 pm


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