“…ACC’s downfall – which included the demotion of minister Nick Smith and the departure of its chief, chairman and three board members – was prompted by exposure of the corporation’s treatment of patient Bronwyn Pullar.
But the shakeup was partly the result of quiet, dogged persistence by Hague – who has been challenging ACC’s “culture of disentitlement” since 2009.
His higher profile during the debate capped a good couple of months for the MP.
In May, Meridian Energy backed down on its plans to dam the Mohikinui River – which ran through Hague’s home territory on the West Coast.
He had campaigned against the hydro-electricity project in his previous term as Greens’ conservation spokesman…”
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