19 Feb 2014

Woolworths has released a statement

From Checkpoint, 5:23 pm on 19 February 2014

Woolworths has just released a statement from its chair Ralph Waters rejecting Shane Jones' latest accusations in Parliament. The Labour MP says Mr Waters is trying to discourage its New Zealand suppliers from co-operating with the Commerce Commission. Mr Waters, who won't come on Checkpoint, says he completely rejects the allegations and find the insinuations highly offensive. He says his contribution to business in New Zealand speaks for itself, in his years at top levels in Fletcher Building, Fisher and Paykel Appliances, Fonterra and Westpac. Mr Waters says he is extremely disappointed in Mr Jones' behaviour. Attacking an individual and business through the Parliament is no way for any politician to deal with an issue of concern or engage with the business sector.