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.