Former Ōtaki Labour MP Darren Hughes has been back in the public eye – in London’s Hyde Park.
He took part in a huge dawn service to commemorate Anzac Day.
But he says he’s still missing the ambience in Kāpiti on our national day of remembrance.
Recently the former Ōtaki electorate, then list MP,was appointed director of campaigns and research at Britain’s Electoral Reform Society (ERS) in London.
Darren moved by ‘E Ihowa Atua’
In a Facebook message this week, Mr Hughes says the highlight of the occasion in the British capital was hearing Ngati Ranana — London’s kapahaka group — lead a rendition of the New Zealand National Anthem ‘E Ihowa Atua.’
He says: “Hearing our anthem being sung in the middle of one of the world’s biggest cities brought a tear of pride to my eye.
“Missed the world’s best breakfast at Otaki RSA though!”
Police investigation and decision not to prosecute
On 23 March, 2011, Mr Hughes confirmed that he was “being investigated by police after an alleged late night incident.”
Earlier the police received a complaint from an 18-year-old male who, like Hughes, was a former Youth MP. The incident was reported to be of a sexual nature and alleged to have occurred at Labour Party deputy leader Annette King‘s home, where Hughes lived. Witnesses reported seeing the complainant outside and naked that morning.
Mr Hughes denied any wrongdoing, but later resigned from Parliament. Labour leader Phil Goff announced Hughes’ resignation on 25 March 2011.
Darren Hughes commented:
“My position as an MP has become untenable. In order to be able to exercise my basic rights as a citizen, it is necessary for me to resign as a Member of Parliament. I have informed Phil Goff of my decision.
“Although people are commonly thought to be innocent until proven guilty, it has become clear to me that this doesn’t apply in the political arena.
“I have done nothing wrong.”
Later the Police in Wellington said after a lengthy investigation that they had decided not to lay changes.