Oh this has become a PR disaster for NZ First. Starship Hospital has now rejected their $158,000 donation:
“It’s most unfortunate that the money wasn’t given in the spirit of genuine philanthropy, but rather it appears to gain political capital and media leverage,” he said.
“We have decided it’s in the best interest of the Starship Foundation and the sick children of New Zealand to return the money to NZ First.”
This is an absolute humiliation.