"The [older, different] allegations were essentially that Dr Worth had offered a number of different positions that were within his gift as minister to this woman, with the overtones that this was in pursuit of romantic ambitions," [Labour Leader Phil] Goff said.I've met Richard Worth a few times, when I was the Alliance candidate for Epsom in 2002. We both talked at a few debates in the electorate. He told me that I should consider joining the Young Nationals, as they could do with some young woman like me who were passionate about politics.
"One was as an adviser and one was as a board member within the responsibilities of Dr Worth but the overtones were that he wanted to develop a relationship with her," Mr Goff said on Radio New Zealand.
Goff had told Key there was evidence to suggest "inappropriate" suggestions were made in a series of emails and phone calls.
"Why I went to the prime minister is that I'd received a complaint from a woman that I knew, who is a member of the Labour party so I’ll put that right out front, but I didn’t believe her allegations were politically motivated," Goff told Breakfast.
"I checked out her story very carefully before I went to the prime minister, she had emails, she had telephone-logs, and the essence of her story was that she had been offered various positions by Dr Worth but ... the overtone was in return for a relationship."
"The emails were personal, they were about 'do you want to come swimming with me?' … Do you want to take a holiday with me overseas, I want you to buy this see-through clothing. This woman is half Dr Worth's age, she is a happily married woman with children, she was offended by it."
Goff said he had not raised the claims publicly because "I didn't really want to go through grubby details of the allegations that were made".
Key said he had investigated the complaints but decided there was no need to pursue the matters.
"I have had someone bring an allegation to me of that nature ... and all I can say is I treated that allegation seriously. I investigated it and I was satisfied with the answers I received," he said.
Asked whether the nature of the police complaint was in a similar sphere to the earlier allegations, Key said: "Not of exactly the same nature, but of a similar type of nature." [my emphasis added]
Maia's already put the nuisance thing very well, and I see Idiot/Savant has been thinking along the same lines. I don't have a lot to add to that at this point except to say a mosquito is a nuisance, and this is far far above a whining noise and an itchy bite.