Tau Henare rubbishes Wikipedia ban
Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:25a.m.
By Dan Satherley
National MP Tau Henare has rubbished claims he has been banned from editing Wikipedia after making changes to his own page.
According to a report picked up by blogger Scott Yorke and linked to by Labour's Trevor Mallard on Twitter, Mr Henare removed a line referring to himself as "having a reputation as a carpetbagger".
The report also claimed Mr Henare "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".
Mr Henare however said the report was "all bullshit".
"I did edit my so-called page," Mr Henare told 3 News, but only to correct "some glaring mistakes" concerning the dates his great-grandfather Taurekareka Henare served in Parliament, and to add in his real first name, Raymond.
"That's what I had to do with it," says Mr Henare, whose two edits can be seen under the username 'HenareT'.
"It's a bit of a beat up by the blogger."
A message on his Wikipedia account states he has been "blocked indefinitely from editing for abuse of editing privileges". The Wikipedia administrator who blocked him, Gadfium, says he did it because he thought the account belonged to a previously blocked editor whom last week "repeatedly added a slur" to Mr Henare's article.
"If the HenareT account really is Tau Henare, and not the same as the earlier editor, then he can add an unblock request on his Wikipedia user talk page."
Mr Yorke says if Mr Henare was banned for editing his own page, it was a "funny" gaffe, rather than anything serious.
"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," he writes.
"It helps to explain the current party list placing of Mr Henare."
At the 2011 election, Mr Henare was placed 40th on the party's list, dropping from 26th at the 2008 election.
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24/06/2012 5:41:23 a.m.
The carpetbagger comment was from the observations of two well known bloggers & the NZ Herald after googling Henare & Carpetbagger references from Hansard also popped up..no surprises there. After discussions with Gadfium as to the use of carpetbagger, I removed the words "well deserved" which I accept were POV, however due to the number of carpetbagger references and indeed the ability of the word to sum up Tau's career in one word, I left it there.
I advised Gadfium that material regarding the NCWU would be posted to reference the entry. Originaly Tau's involvement was simply listed as a union member, gadfium then removed the reference to Union activities altogether.The beaut thing about wiki is that its still all up there.. and I went back and had a look and found that its Gadfium who removed the "union organiser" reference...wonder if he works for jonkey?
Any hoo- I wrote back to say sorry Tau for getting you & Gadfium mixed up, Hi Tau,
thanks for that, i agree, the Wiki article should be truthful, I only became interested again after I discovered the the Court of Appeal judgement was not on the Labour Dept database.
Just so you know, I'm about to put the issue of Dennis Callessen & the theft of the bag thing to the UN, I have no personal issue with you...indeed I owe you a great deal, given that the above component of that dispute made me decide to retire in 1988 & I haven't worked since.
I have a good tan,caught shit loads of fish & I've spent the last 18yrs living off the DPB next to a golf course.Thanks
But then this drops into the in tray from Mr T....Mate. I find it funny that you would use my login to change/alter the stuff about the NCWU. I did alter the stuff about my GGF and my name but brother, y do you still hold a grudge after all these years. Your court case didnt go anywhere and the judge even thought you were vexatious. Never mind. Like i said to you years ago, have a good life.
Tau ( Raymond )
22/06/2012 11:53:55 a.m.
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