I’m not a big fan of gotcha politics, but this one is more funny than serious.
National list member of Parliament Tau Henare, has been banned from Wikipedia after going online to edit recent uncomplimentary comments referring to him as ” having a reputation as a carpetbagger”. Mr Henare also removed references to the Northern Clerical Union and its subsequent demise referred to in a report from the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions linked to his page.
The CTU report noted in its report that the union had fought and lost several lengthy battles over the lack of democracy in the union and, in particular the application of the unions rules. In one case the Union relied upon a draughting error in the Labour Relations Act- which erroneously removed the power of the court to order the union to comply with union rules.
In another, memberships were revoked after several groups sought to put a motions at the AGM that the officers of the union were not properly representing the majority view, after Syd Jackson attempted to forge links with Kaddafi’s ‘administration in Libya.Mr Jackson was instrumental in transforming the mainly white women’s union into a militant force and his nephew Willie Jackson and Mr Henare had their first introduction into politics via that union.
Two edits removing these references were recorded by Wikipedia as having been made by HenareT which is Mr Henares own login and under Wikipedia policy anyone who as a living person edits their own page receives an indefinite ban.
As far as I can see, Henare hasn’t been “banned” (I don’t think it’s possible for a person to be banned from using the website), but instead has been blocked from making further edits.
It’s not the smartest move the National MP has made, though his career has been blighted by moves that probably weren’t the smartest. It helps to explain the current party list placing of Mr Henare.
Update: See the comments below. It sounds as if some of the reportage in the above article might be questionable. It also seems that Mr Henare may be able to reverse the block. I love it when a non-story becomes even more of a non-story!