Report – By Khing Chadwick
Former MP Taito Phillip Field is writing a tell-all book to reveal his side of a conviction that sent him to jail for six years on corruption charges.
The former Labour MP for Mangere between 1993-2008 was jailed in 2009 after being found guilty of 11 charges of bribery and corruption and 15 counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Taito says while writing the book he takes life step by step one day at a time.
Taito recently returned from Samoa where he helped repair homes damaged by Cyclone Evan and is currently working on projects with development properties in New Zealand and Samoa.
However, he says the book is taking up lots of his time and, apart from his family history, is going to reveal more about the case and how it affected his family.
“What I’ve been through, what my wife went through, what my family went through, our children and grand-children was severe – I think a huge injustice has been done and that needs to be told.”
Taito says his experience has moulded him to be cynical of both the political and judicial police and prosecution processes.
“I have strong views that New Zealanders are not aware of how injustice can occur in this country quite easily.”
Taito claims the New Zealand justice system is corrupt.
“I believe that people in key positions of responsibility may have other motivations behind the reasons for why they do things.”
“Promotions may be an incentive particularly when there are key political figures involved in the equation. There has to be some lessons learnt from this experience for those that read it.”
But his experiences have not put him off helping people.
Taito says as a former trade unionist and MP for 15 years he wants to help people.
“I help out whenever people seek assistance and the opportunities arise,” he says.
Taito says his inspiration is from Christianity and the truth of his faith.
“I would like to promote the spiritual side with my work in the Pacific and with the churches and leave it up to God to guide me.”
Khing Chadwick is a Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism student journalist at AUT University.