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Lying mayoral candidate blames bad advice over beers
27 August 2004
A former Kaitaia mayoral candidate says he lied about
serving in Vietnam after some bad advice over a few
Mahoney, of Kaitaia, has also revealed he was declared
bankrupt in 1995.
admitted he lied about fighting in Vietnam when he
applied to join the Kaitaia Returned Services
District Council candidate Ross Miller, who lives near
Kaitaia, highlighted the application as Mr Mahoney was
seeking election as mayor.
believed a person standing for "high public office"
should not attempt to portray himself as something he
allegations on Tuesday, Mr Mahoney quit the mayoralty
race but denied any connection between the allegations
and his resignation.
He said he
made the decision to quit a week ago for family
he said he regretted lying about serving in Vietnam,
and that his wife had not known he had lied. Mr
Mahoney also said he had been declared bankrupt in
1995 over a $6000 debt and had been discharged from
that bankruptcy in 1998.
decision to lie about Vietnam came after some bad
advice over a few beers.
used to drink with a couple of the guys... it was
'just do this'. "I regret
it, I do honestly regret it." Mr Mahoney
has claimed he has leukaemia and said the stress of
the past few days had made him tired. He was
reluctant to discuss the illness. "I know
that I have got the terminal cancer, but everybody's
number is going to come up. I wish that it had come up
yesterday, to be honest." Mr Mahoney
said he would be staying in Kaitaia after the furore
of the past few days.
Mahoney refused requests to allow his medical records
to be viewed with regard to this claim of suffering
The Northland Age news article
Membership card of the RSA, New Zealand
The Advocate news
This [above] apology was
offered and we believe some people may have accepted
it but Desmond William Mahoney was never in the
Military in New Zealand or Australia, so we again refer you to the information on
our “Info” page. He is here on our
site and here he will stay.
As of publication
date, Mahoney’s offer to donate his refundable
candidacy fees to a very worthy Veteran’s
cause has been rejected.
haven’t already read our
story on Brigadier Jody Castle, please scroll further
down our “Cases” page for a brief insight into another
KIWI wannabe who went too far with his charades. There
is a lot more to come from our New Zealand compatriots
on the “Brigadier”. Come back soon for
updates on him and others.
31st Aug 2010
Desmond William Mahoney – Kaitaia New Zealand
Veterans have long memories; there is not one of
them who has forgotten the experience of war. They
also have long memories when in comes to those who
steal their honour.
2004 Desmond Mahoney of Kaitaia, New Zealand was a
Mayoral candidate who claimed to have served three
tours of duty in Vietnam with the New Zealand Army
until it was disclosed in the local newspaper that
he was a liar a cheat and a wannabe.
Desmond William Mahoney is again running for public
office in the Kaitaia area. Before casting a vote
constituents from that area should be well aware of
this man’s history as a fraud, liar and wannabe.
Veterans do not forget and will not forgive those
who steal their honour