The cancer on the National Party, Michelle Boag is gone, excised, cut out, cauterised…dead.

She has resigned her membership, presumably before being cancelled by the board.

As is usual with her the resignation is utterly self-serving.

She needs investigating. How often has she used her position on Boards to leak info to the National Party? Her network of contacts and placements is large, what else has she dipped her poisoned fingers into?

On top of that she’s outed another MP for receiving leaked info, Michael Woodhouse.

National Party health spokesman Michael Woodhouse has confessed to receiving Covid patient details from Boag.

He released a statement this morning saying he was sent four unsolicited emails from Boag between June 21 and 25 which contained patient details, but it was not the same
information that was sent to disgraced MP Hamish Walker.

“Michelle told me she received this information through her role with the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and I was led to believe it was circulating among a number of other health agencies,” Woodhouse said.

“I recognised that the information in those emails was private so I did not share it with anyone else and I subsequently deleted them.”

Michelle Boag is toxic, she’s Ebola and infects everything she touches. Hopefully her trail of destruction through the National Party is coming to an end.

I still think the party needs to excise all traces of her. There are way too many people connected to her toxic presence. On the Board, Peter Goodfellow has long had very close associations with her, and Andrew Hunt the Auckland Regional Chair regularly appointed her as a delegate in contentious selections, the most recent being Takanini. You have to wonder why.

Nikki Kaye is much too close to her and has been for years. Michelle Boag has likely quit to stop anyone asking Kaye what she knew and when she knew.

If Simplicity had any integrity they’d accept her offer of resignation, especially as dots are being joined at her involvement there.

Hon TRACEY MARTIN (Minister for Children): Kia ora, Mr Speaker. I rise on behalf of New Zealand First to speak on the KiwiSaver (Oranga Tamariki Guardians) Amendment Bill. If my memory serves me correctly, I first heard about this bill from Michelle Boag. You might ask yourself why Michelle Boag was talking to me about what ended up being Mr Walker’s member’s bill. Of course, Michelle Boag is the foundation partner of Boag SvG, and if you don’t mind my quoting they are “a strategic communications consultancy specifically structured to help companies and organisations to achieve key outcomes which are vital to their business.” So it’s interesting, in the context of this bill, that they are involved.

It’s my understanding that Mr Stubbs from Simplicity, who has been spoken about by the Opposition members today, had been in conversations with Oranga Tamariki for some time around the ability to increase the number of foster children who had legal guardians who could open KiwiSaver accounts for them. The ministry quite rightly tried to work with Mr Stubbs for a period of time and to also enhance his understanding around the rights of birth parents and the complexities of foster care and the laws of guardianship. Mr Stubbs ended up not being happy with those conversations, and he wanted more children to be signed into Simplicity KiwiSaver accounts. So he contracted Ms Boag to see if he could find a member of Parliament to help him get the outcome he was after, and Ms Boag found Mr Walker. That’s how this member’s bill ended up here in Mr Walker’s name. Now, I’ve actually never been aware of that happening before, but that’s how this member’s bill ended up here.

Surely poor old Cedric Allan must see the light and get rid of her from his PR Firm. Surely that gig is at an end too?

There are still legs on this. Her malign influence transcends more than just the National Party.

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