I hear that NZ First have announced they are paying back the $158,000 – but instead of to the taxpayer – to Starship Hospital.
Assuming this is not a tax dodge (ie someone donating on their behalf who can claim a tax deduction) I can’t say I have huge issues with that – hell it just shows that not even NZ First trust Michael Cullen to spend their money wisely! 🙂
But let’s hope we do see proof of this, and that NZ First itself paid – not a donor on their behalf.
This still leaves United Future to pay back $50,000 or so. Maybe they could take a break from getting misrepresenting the Electoral Finance Bill to pay their remaining $50,000 back.