Sorry seems to be the hardest word
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 6:07p.m.
By Tova O'Brien
Sorry is one word politicians really seem to struggle with, but after Campbell Live forced a sincere apology from the chief executive responsible for Novopay last night, 3 News wanted to hear it from the other people involved too.
Three ministers signed off the botched payroll system responsible for 110,000 people, and though all have now apologised, some took more encouragement than others.
Now it is up to the so-called "minister of everything", Steven Joyce, to mop up the damage.
“I remain sorry,” says Mr Joyce.
Craig Foss and Bill English also apologised, but they get no bonus points from the boss, who says getting results is what counts.
Education Minister Hekia Parata spent a minute-and-a-half on Firstline being apologetic about Christchurch school closures without actually saying the 'S' word, and on Novopay she was just as cagey – seven times 3 News asked her, and seven times she dodged the question.
But by 2pm, and some strategising up in the Beehive, she did it – twice. School staff have been waiting a long time to hear that from Ms Parata.
The apologies by all three ministers were carefully worded, and with the exception of Mr Foss, all stopped short of actually accepting responsibility for the Novopay mess.
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25/02/2013 9:07:12 a.m.
SORRY does not pay the mortgage.
24/02/2013 11:27:03 a.m.
Wow what an ass how hard can it be?Even I am sorry and I didn't sign off Novapay, do nothing to fix it in support for the teachers and I never voted these people into government.
20/02/2013 12:24:23 p.m.
I'm sorry our country is stupid enough to have voted in National twice in a row. Without failure whenever they are in Government they crap all over everyday New Zealanders and just hook up their rich mates.
20/02/2013 5:16:05 a.m.
Pity the poor old Hammer. Avoiding reality for as long as she could before her boss 'threw her under the bus' once again. Its 'Upsized Classrooms' Revisited.... she must be getting sick of faithfully fronting the asinine agendas Joe Key hands her, only to be told to get back out there and handle the media when it all goes wrong... Not sure if 'strategising' is the right word...? You can guarantee,the most hated word in the arrogant politician's vocab is 'Sorry!' and it looked like she was choking on the term. At least Foss just went out there and accepted some responsibility.... Now where is Bill English? (He might be saving his apologies for post Budget speeches). Main question, why apologise when they did nothing wrong righties...? "Last call for Brainless Bay!"
19/02/2013 8:28:51 p.m.
No ethics, no sincerity, no morals.... just parrot parrot parrot. What a disgrace.
19/02/2013 8:08:24 p.m.
forced a sincere apology? Is that not a contradiction?
19/02/2013 6:49:55 p.m.
Elly and Mike Maynard wrote:
We would be VERY interested in knowing who this Novopay organisation is? What organisation are they and exactly WHO are they? Who runs it? Is it done from NZ or overseas as so many other things are now being done from here ie Telecom directory service to which is done from the Philippines? Simple question so simple answer.
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