Matt McCarten writes in the Herald on Sunday:
As you can appreciate, it’s a highly political environment these operators and the casinos live in.
Consequently, political donations to candidates and parties are rife. Both mayoral candidates, Len Brown and John Banks, received generous financial backing from SkyCity and last general election National and Labour picked up $60,000 apiece from them.
This is massively incorrect. The donations of $60,000 to National and Labour (and $12,000 to Progressives, ACT and United each) were not at the last election, or even the election before that but three elections ago in 2005.