Short man, tall ask
JT has gone feral.
Tamihere is seeking damages of over $620,000 in a suit filed with the High Court on December 23 last year.
What to say other than never hire a lawyer to do a gig? Where to start?
* Over-valued and under-performing for the last twenty years on all fronts incl. the corruption of his accepting payments from Waipareira Trust while serving as an MP and his involvement with the distribution of fisheries money to urban entities... such as Waipareira Trust and his similarly litigious, entitlement-prone and double-dipping part-time CEO mate, Willie Jackson from the Manukau Urban Maori Authority (who is suing over not being gifted a spot on the Auckland Council's Maori statutory board).
* He's suing over a tweet, FFS. A tweet.
* He's on six figures with MediaWorks doing afternoon shifts weekdays when he is supposedly the CEO of the Waipareira Trust. The two roles are incompatible with the time necessary to do either job satisfactorily. He would have to knock off work every day as CEO before midday! If the traffic was normal he might get back out West before 5pm, maybe, on a good day. That is seriously taking the piss.
* So he used his gardening leave, his early Christmas holidays, from his employer to arrange a law suit against them for over half a million dollars. He didn't use his time and skills and connections as a criminal lawyer and a former Minister to help the victims of the rape gang get justice, instead he pursued his own selfish, egotistical ends. He could have volunteered that time to make amends, to tautoko and awhi the victims and in doing so rehabilitate his mana, but that would never has crossed his mind. It's all about the money. He's the victim too, not them, they can fend for themselves against the Waitemata police-sanctioned rape club and the Commissioner who covers for them. JT is all about JT.
* He puts the most notorious NZ Police pack rapist to ever stand trial (let off in large part by wearing his full uniform to court), Clint Rickards, into positions and now on the board of the Wapareira Trust, fatally undermining the credibility and confidence in the social arm of the organisation.