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Est. 1972 MULTI AWARD WINNING NEWSPAPER INSIDE Riding in memory of brother ................................. page 3 Music group wants new folk.................................. page 5 Readers’ letters to the editor................................. page 8 Our Homes TODAY ..................................... pages 24-27 Classified advertising .................................... pages 28-31 Times Sport ..................................................... pages 31-32 By CHRIS HARROWELL PAKURANGA MP Maurice Wil- liamson says he will work to re- gain the voters’ trust after resign- ing as a Minister outside Cabinet. Mr Williamson stepped down from his Government portfolios last Thursday after it was publicly revealed he had contacted a senior police officer to ask about an inves- tigation into an assault committed by businessman Donghua Liu. Mr Liu pleaded guilty to criminal charges of assaulting a woman and assault with intent to injure during an appearance in the Auckland Dis- trict Court on April 1. He was granted New Zealand citi- zenship in 2010 after his application was supported by Mr Williamson and then Auckland Mayor John Banks. Despite the controversy, Mr Wil- liamson is staying on in Parliament and intends to contest the general election on September 20. “I’m feeling pretty shattered and pretty gutted,” he says. “I have been selected as the [National Party’s] candidate [for Pakuranga]. “I feel I have probably let the good people of this electorate down a little bit with this, but I hope they will put their trust back in me. They always have. “I will work to regain that trust.” Prime Minister John Key accepted Mr Williamson’s resignation. “I have been made aware Mr Wil- liamson contacted police some time ago regarding their investigation of Donghua Liu,” says Mr Key. “Mr Williamson has assured me he did not in any way intend to influence the police investigation.” Mr Key says Mr Williamson’s deci- sion to discuss the criminal investi- gation with police was a significant error of judgement. “The independence of police inves- tigations is a fundamental part of our country’s legal framework. “Mr Williamson’s actions have been very unwise as they have the potential to bring that independence into question.” In a written statement released last Thursday, Mr Williamson says he learned last December that Mr Liu had been involved in a “domestic dispute”. There was confusion about whether the businessman would face police prosecution, so Mr Wil- liamson offered to contact police to “clarify the status of the matter”. He first made contact with Coun- ties Manukau Police district com- mander, Superintendent John Tims, last January. Mr Williamson then spoke about the case with Auckland City Police district prevention manager, inspec- tor Gary Davey, on January 28. The MP says he made it clear he was only inquiring as to the status of the investigation. “The police seemed fine with the conversation and even invited me to give them another call if there was any further business. “It is clear to me now that was an error of judgement and regardless of what I actually said it could be inter- preted that I was trying to influence the issue.” Mr Williamson held a news media conference outside his Pakuranga Road electorate office supported by colleague and Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross last Thursday. Mr Williamson says Mr Liu is not a personal friend, but he has had “connections” with the businessman since he helped him get New Zealand citizenship. He was shocked to hear of the domestic violence incident involving Mr Liu. Mr Williamson says he believed at the time that phoning police to ask about the investigation into the inci- dent was “nothing that a Member of Parliament wouldn’t normally do”. “However, it has become clear that the police believe it does cross a line and that the Prime Minister thinks it was inappropriate to have made the call.” Mr Williamson retained the Pakuranga electorate at the 2011 gen- eral election, defeating Labour Party candidate Sunny Kaushal by 13,846 votes. Since entering Parliament in 1987, Mr Williamson has served as Minis- ter of Local Government, Commu- nications, Broadcasting, Transport, Research, Science and Technology, and as Associate Minister of Health. Mr Key says he will appoint a new Minister outside Cabinet this week. In the meantime, Dr Nick Smith takes over Mr Williamson’s Building and Construction portfolio. Nathan Guy takes over Land Infor- mation and Simon Bridges for Cus- toms and Statistics. Vow to regain voter trust STEPPED DOWN: Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson discussed his resignation as a Minister outside Cabinet at a news media conference at his electorate office last week. Times photo Wayne Martin tor Gary Davey, on January 28. The MP says he made it clear he was only inquiring as to the status of Vow to regain voter trust xxxx Today’s Times has all your needs covered for looking after and pampering the woman who has been the most important constant in your life. The Times’ 12-page Mother’s Day lift-out inside has ideas for gifts and activities for mum’s special day this Sunday.
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