Where’s our $157,000 Winston?

December 2nd, 2007 at 11:06 am by David Farrar

In October it was reported:

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has announced that the party will repay $157,000 of taxpayer funds it was found to have misspent at the last election.

Mr Peters made the announcement at the start of the party’s annual convention in Taupo this morning.

He said the transfer of funds to Parliament’s coffers would be made in November when party term deposits rolled over.

Well November is over so where is it? I mean it was bad enough that we’ve had to wait this long just so NZ First can continue to make money from it, rather than break a term deposit.  If there even was a term deposit, that is.

Winston has announced he is going to stand in Tauranga.  I hope lots of people will remind him and voters of the two years it took him to repay taxpayers money.  Also of his support for the Electoral Finance Bill.

Incidentally IRD interest rates are 14.24% for money owing.  If that was applied to NZ First for the 2 years 3 three months since they incurred the illegal expenditure, they would owe $50,302 in interest on top of the $157,000.

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28 Responses to “Where’s our $157,000 Winston?”

  1. Gman (4 comments) says:

    I want to see PROOF that the Labour party has returned the money–I want to see a receipt or some document proving that they have repaid the money.

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  2. Monty (966 comments) says:

    lying pricks will all be unemployed this time next year. that is cheap disposal of them.

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  3. Yvette (2,744 comments) says:

    You write of
    - the $157,000 misspent taxes
    - the interest owing and now
    - the New Zealand First support for the EFB [and without that support with the greens it wouldn't pass]

    but then there is also the broken promise to remain independent on the cross benches
    which of course is a lie that outclasses any that Helen or her Labour Party members have told.

    I trust Grey Power, particularly in Tauranga, will now vote for Winston in the way that so many of their fallen comrades would have.

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  4. checkthefacts (30 comments) says:

    What! Winston lying! Stop the Presses!!! Oh, that’s not really news is it?

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  5. Pita (373 comments) says:

    Don’t worry it has probably been safely tucked away in some investment company.

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  6. Spam (597 comments) says:

    Maybe he had it invested in one of the finance companies that collapsed?

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  7. dad4justice (7,976 comments) says:

    Maybe the trip to NK paid dividends for winny the pooh, as Dr Rice gave him a wine box full of US banknotes ?

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  8. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    NZ first, and especially Winston (aka ‘Luigi’) are well worth having in the elctoral mix even if they do find some way to fudge the payment.

    Its the big red party that worries me – lying agenda driven scum that they are!!!!!

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  9. pdm (842 comments) says:

    Don’t forget that paragon of high morals and integrity Dunny – his lot haven’t paid it all back either have they?

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  10. tim barclay (886 comments) says:

    It was obvious right from the start he would have another go in TGA. And what is more he has done a deal with Labour NOT to field a candidate. It is Peters best hope of keeping his party in Parliament. If he thought by moving out of TGA he would catch the National Party off guard he is wrong. The National Party has surmised all along the Peters best hope is to stand in TGA with the shabby Labour deal and the second harbour bridge and much else. “Vote for Winston and get the second harbour bridge”.

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  11. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Winston will wait till the last minute to ‘pay it back’ nd earn the interest on it. Then he will pay it back and subsequently overspend to the same tune with impunity under the recent appropriations legislation. How else did you think his support of the EFB was bought?

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  12. roger nome (4,067 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t be getting too high and mighty about this David. According to Journalist Colin Espinar, the National Party only coincidentally avoided the Auditor General’s wrath through spending all of their leader’s budget on electioneering before the 3 month period prior to the 2005 election. I say “coincidentally” because National thought that the election was going to be held in the first half of 2005 – so as far as they were concerned, they were spending hundreds of thousands of public money on electioneering within the three months before the election. So for all intents and purposes National is just as guilty as any other party of “rorting the public purse” during the 2005 election campaign.

    [DPF: Sorry Roger but an assertion by you carries oh around 0.01% of the weight of an official investigation and report by the Auditor-General. And the Auditor-General has referred to the fact that the closer it is to an election the more rigorous you have to be]

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  13. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    love rogers logic: ‘it’s ok for labour to do it if we can somehow insinuate that National are equally as bad”.

    ethical relativism – like this flannel above – is the kind of stuff that i taught my 5 yr old kids to avoid.

    roger, you can blather all you like about the perceived deficiencies of the alternative but it simply doesn’t change the fact that labour is corrupt. period.

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  14. roger nome (4,067 comments) says:

    KK- If labour’s “corrupt” then so is National. Period.

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  15. roger nome (4,067 comments) says:

    “Sorry Roger but an assertion by you carries oh around 0.01% of the weight of an official investigation and report by the Auditor-General. “

    But it’s not a case of my or Colin Espinar’s opinion against the auditor general’s. As you well know, oh disingenuous one, the Auditor General only checked the electoral spending that happened in the 3 months prior to the election – that National wasn’t caught, as Labour and NZ First were was shear coincidence – and nothing that the Auditor general has said or found contradicts this point.

    [DPF: It was not a coincidence the AG chose the last 90 days. And you are speculating as to whether National would have been found in breach if he had gone back further. If they had been, I would expect them to pay it back. But you do not know whether or not the AG would have found anything - you just state your opinion that he would]

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  16. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    I don’t understand, why doesn’t Winnie not put it on the “gold card”.

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  17. tlkpnt (22 comments) says:

    because the government hasnt signed up to offer discounts via the gold card – however you can get 10% off all lawn bowls shoes at smiths sport shoes

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  18. roger nome (4,067 comments) says:

    “It was not a coincidence the AG chose the last 90 days.”

    Who said it was? If you weren’t so busy trying to twist my words, you would acknowledge that, the coincidence lies in the fact that National mistakenly spent the money before the three month period when the yhad intended to spend it within that time (as I’ve said, they thought that the electoin was going to take place in the first of 05 but they were mistaken.

    and here’s the money quote just for you Mr Farrar:

    What particularly annoys me is the bleating from the National Party over this [the pledge card]. The Nats escaped virtually scot-free from the AG’s report by sheer luck. The party had spent most of its leader’s budget on political advertising earlier in 2005, believing the election would be in July. The AG only looked at the last few months leading up to the September polling day.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/blogs/politics/2007/11/12/the-electoral-finance-bill-is-our-democracy-really-at-threat/

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  19. roger nome (4,067 comments) says:

    BTW – just so everyone knows, this information isn’t from just some random hack. In fact Colin Espiner is the political editor of the Christchurch Press and covers Parliament from the press gallery in Wellington.

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  20. tlkpnt (22 comments) says:

    the press gallery covers politics – they rarely actually talk about parliament – the public arent interested in such things – such things wont get them ratings – nitty-gritty=ratings – punchups, stuffups and the like

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  21. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    Why should Winston pay it back?

    He didn’t do anything wrong.

    The Auditor-General is an incompetent fucktard in the pocket of the National Party.

    The media are a pack of lying traitors who are all out to get him.

    And Denial is a river in Egypt.

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  22. Johnboy (15,586 comments) says:

    Regarding gnomes twisted logic. If we had a fixed date for the election thus denying Dear Leader the opportunity to play silly buggers with announcing it like she does. Then no one would have to guess what is going on her deeply disturbed mind.

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  23. Buggerlugs (1,609 comments) says:

    The truth is they put the $157,000 on the ABs to win the World Cup because they realised that Labour has screwed the octogenarians so much they wouldn’t be able to raise a decent war chest without a sneaky wee bet.

    So they’re essentially screwed.

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  24. Chuck Bird (4,765 comments) says:

    DPF, November which year?

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  25. bwakile (757 comments) says:

    The gold card has been a huge success
    Just the other day Mum told me she got 50 cents off the price of a cauliflower.

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  26. freethinker (685 comments) says:

    How much interest would Snakeoil Dunne have to pay at IRD rates and what would the respective figures be for Gift Duty – after all it was not reapyment of a debt according to her ugliness?

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  27. Paul (1,315 comments) says:

    What’s the latest with the GST National?

    Was the govt paid it’s legally owed money?
    Were the companies out of pocket recompensed?

    GST and Copyright. What will be next in National Party cock-ups?

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  28. dad4justice (7,976 comments) says:

    Here is concerned of Linwood living in Canada rocking into town on his donkey . Hi Paul = hows broken arse mountain ?

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