Collins' husband targeted in burglary

Judith Collins
Judith Collins
Judith Collins' husband David Wong-Tung's office was burgled and his laptop accessed, in what the Justice Minister says was "a series of interesting little break-ins" including the burglary of her caucus colleague Mark Mitchell's offices.

This afternoon, following reports of break-ins at Mr Mitchell's Parliamentary and electorate offices almost a year ago, Ms Collins told the Herald her husband's office had been burgled six weeks ago.

Mr Wong-Tung is a director of Oravida, the company belonging to National Party donor Deyi Shi whose meetings with Ms Collins late last year in China -- when she was there on a taxpayer funded ministerial trip -- sparked a conflict of interest furore.

"He came into work and noticed that the lock on his lockable cabinet had been smashed."

The cabinet held his laptop which had not been taken. Amounts of cash left by staff on desks around the office had also not been taken.

"It seemed a very odd thing at the time and I presume that someone may have been interested in the information that was on that laptop," Ms Collins said.

"It's one of a series of interesting little break-ins around computers," she told the Herald.

She said that included the break-ins at Mr Mitchells' offices in September and October last year, in which a laptop and phones were stolen.

Mr Mitchell also told the Herald on Sunday his email was hacked during those burglaries.

Ms Collins and Mr Mitchell's reports of break-ins come as the Government responds to Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics, with claims the writer and the left in general were the ones indulging in dirty tricks such as the hacking of blogger Cameron Slater's website which yielded the messages Hager based his book on.

- Adam Bennett of the NZ Herald

If this crime happened

"If this crime happened, it would have been reported to Police, for insurance purposes." Dunno about that, Albert Square. A small metal box that was on my mantlepiece clearly marked "loot", containing several gold bars and about a dozen large diamonds of exceptional clarity, was stolen recently. I haven't mentioned it till now. One doesn't want to be a complainer and the police have other things to do, don't you agree? What do you mean "If this crime happened"? Would I make up a story like that, Albert?

Collins swims for the high ground

"a series of interesting little break-ins" .... innuendo meant to suggest that others are as covered in muck as she is, but it's really hard to get to the moral high ground when wallowing in a slurry pit. The flaw in the innuendo is that it wasn't her laptop and Mr Mitchell ought wonder why someone would break in to hack his e-mail when they could have done it from the moon.

Alleged burglaries

So were these burglaries reported to the Police by the Minister of Justice and is there a record of it?

Are you 'absolutely' sure?

This is wafer thin if you only have the Minister's word for it, Herald and ODT. If this crime happened, it would have been reported to Police, for insurance purposes. How about a call to AK Central, what?