Timeline: Judith Collins and Oravida

  • 04/05/2014

By 3 News online staff

Justice Minister Judith Collins has been under increasing pressure after it was revealed she had dinner with a Chinese border official and bosses of Oravida – a company of which her husband is a director – while on a taxpayer-funded trip to China.

Oravida is a milk exporter and was affected by new Chinese import rules in the wake of the Fonterra botulism scare last year. Opposition parties alleged the dinner, and a subsequent meeting at the company's Shanghai offices, was an attempt to help benefit her husband's company, and therefore a conflict of interest.

2011 - Oravida donates $56,600 to National Party.

October 2013 – Judith Collins opens Oravida's new Auckland headquarters.

October 20, 2013Collins has dinner with Oravida bosses Stone Shi and Julia Xu, along with a senior Chinese border official in Beijing, China, while on a tax-funded trip. She claims it was a "personal dinner" and that no business was discussed.

October 23, 2014 - Collins visits Oravida's Shanghai offices "on the way to the airport".

December 23, 2013Oravida makes a $30,000 donation to the National Party.

March 4, 2014 – Collins denies dinner was a conflict of interest.

March 12, 2014 – Collins admits she had dinner with Oravida bosses, but calls suggestions she should resign "ridiculous". She is put on her last warning by Prime Minister John Key.

March 18, 2014 – Despite Collins' claims she visited the Oravida offices in Shanghai "for a cup of tea on the way to the airport", it is revealed the company's offices are 30km in the opposite direction.

April 15, 2014 – 3 News reveals Oravida  requested help from the Government on Chinese border control issues just weeks before Collins' dinner.

April 17, 2014Winston Peters alleges the Chinese official present at the Beijing dinner represented the agency that decides whether imported food products are safe. 

May 2, 2014 – There are calls for Collins to resign, following the resignation of MP Maurice Williamson for interfering in a police case involving wealthy Chinese businessman Dongua Liu.

May 4, 2014 – Accusing the media of forcing MP Maurice Williamson to resign his ministerial portfolios, Collins takes a swing at TVNZ journalist Katie Bradford, saying the media should be open to the same scrutiny as politicians.

May 5, 2014Collins apologises for attack on Bradford, denies her comment that she could have "recall on all sorts of things" about journalists is a threat.

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