Wednesday, 1 October 2008


This is interesting - I wonder what the " Correspondence" relates to? This from Stuff,

NZ First hearing due next week
The Electoral Commission will consider next week whether to take further action against NZ First for failure to declare donations from the Spencer Trust.
The commission has ordered the party to make amended returns for the past three years after it was revealed that hundreds of thousands of dollars from the trust were not declared.
This included $80,000 in 2007 that is now the subject of a police investigation.
The Dominion Post reported that the trust also paid nearly $90,000 of NZ First bills in 2006 and $17,000 worth in 2005, as well as making a $50,000 donation that year. The law at the time required disclosure of donations and payments in kind if they totalled more than $10,000 in a single year from the same source.
Only the 2007 return is subject to police action because the others are outside the six-month prosecution deadline. The Electoral Commission has said it is considering other options for action, but has declined to discuss what they are.
A commission spokesman said a new return had been filed for 2007, along with "correspondence" for the previous years. This would be discussed when the commission met next Wednesday.

NZ First leader Winston Peters has been forced to make fresh declarations to the register of MPs'
interests for the past three years after Parliament found him in contempt for
knowingly failing to disclose $100,000 from expatriate shipping billionaire Owen
Glenn in 2005. The money was paid toward Mr Peters' High Court attempt to void
his 2005 loss to National's Bob Clarkson in Tauranga.
A party spokesman said new returns had been filed, and Mr Peters had included a further donation from the trust.

We await with interest

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