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Sam Uffindell – new allegations

A former flatmate of new Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell says he engaged in aggressive and intimidatory behaviour when drunk or high on drugs.

The alleged actions took place in a student flat in Dunedin in 2003.

The woman told RNZ’s Morning Report that Uffindell was an aggressive bully who once pounded on her bedroom door screaming obscenities until she fled through her bedroom window.

The woman told RNZ Uffindell engaged in a ‘pattern of behaviour’ during their second year at university. She said Uffindell would trash the house after ‘excessive’ use of alcohol and drugs. ‘It was a traumatising event…the freedom [of flatting] went to his head.’

‘This was intimidation. This was bullying. I didn’t feel safe,’ she said. ‘Listening to his maiden speech in Parliament, he talks about lack of accountability and a sense of impunity – I think that’s so hypocritical.’

Her father helped her move out the next day. He also spoke to RNZ about what happened.

‘The flat itself was completely trashed. There wasn’t a stick of furniture left. There was no crockery left. There were no handles left on anything. It had all been broken…It was clear [Uffindell] had real issues, real problems, he was out of control.’

Uffindell has denied the latest allegations. In a statement he said:

‘When I was a student at Otago I enjoyed a student lifestyle, which included drinking and, at times, smoking marijuana. While in second year a number of flatmates fell out – and two of the flatmates left midway through the year. I reject any accusation that I engaged in behaviour that was intimidatory or bullying. This simply did not happen. While there is an investigation into these accusations I will not make further comment.’

MP stood down as National start investigation

National Party leader Chris Luxon confirmed Uffindell would be stood down from caucus pending an investigation by Maria Dew QC. The investigation was expected to take two weeks.

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  1. Let them who is without sin cast the first stone.
    What’s got into Luxon? The Labour gulliblement are rotten to the core. Who sold out NZ to Mahuta?
    Childish behaviour needs to be forgiven and forgotten. The present is much more critical–what’s happened to a once functional Public Service? They are there to provide a structure for executive govt not continuous hui.

    • Childish behaviour needs to be forgiven and forgotten? beating random children with clubs maybe forgiven in some cases when the perp suffers the consequences at the time of the crime (being asked to leave one elite school and walking into another is not a consequence) but they should not be forgotten, if this had happened on the street then he would have got a criminal conviction but his parents had the cash to have him in a school that would protect him from the consequences. Well school is out and its a different world out here, he should have stayed under his rock like his mates did.

  2. Meh happened to all of us.

    We had one flatmate we called ‘hideous Carl’ while at uni. In the end we all stopped talking to him and he left of his own accord. Funnily enough my husband had one flatmate they called ‘hideous Dave’. Even my son had one guy who was dealing drugs out of his room. Unfortunately sometimes you find yourself with not so savoury characters.

    It is what it is.

    If you don’t want a party house then choose better flatmates. Whinging to media 20 years later is just sad and pathetic and getting your dad to also do the same says it’s all really.

  3. Bully Trevor Mallard vs Bully Sam Uffindell

    In my honest opinion, the way Trevor Mallard has conducted himself – particularly in his role running Parliament (not just in the debating chamber but running the whole complex), he has shown himself to be nothing short of a bully.
    John MacDonald, Canterbury Mornings host on Newstalk ZB Christchurch
    https://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion-attention-pm-how-you-deal-bully
    John MacDonald, Canterbury Mornings host on Newstalk ZB Christchurch

  4. Luxton in my opinion was right. “He pointed out that simply having made mistakes in the past didn’t mean someone couldn’t be an MP.” I, and I believe most of the good cannot in good faith cast any stone if they themselves are without something they did in their past. All be it without being on record. I want leaders who have made mistakes and learned from them. I do not want leaders who made mistakes and got away with it just because they were not formally recorded. Furthermore the person who brought it up, in my opinion was just trying to ruin this mans life for personal gain. That’s the real crime. Mr Sam Uffindell, with your life experience, you are most welcomed to lead me and my family to prosperity and success.

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