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
"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
"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