On top of that leaked documents showed that they intended to work together on the referendum, utilising taxpayer funds to do so.
Those documents clearly show it was a co-ordinated campaign working together.
Every person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $20,000 who, either alone or in combination with others knowingly spends, on advertisements published or broadcast in relation to an indicative referendum petition, more than $50,000
And the election returns show:
- Service and Food Workers Union – $26,269
- Labour party – $45,382.95
- Public Service Association – $3987.18
- The Green party – $39,541.49
- The NZ Council of Trade Unions – $523.20
- First Union – $23,356.08
- The NZEI – $547
- NZ Nurses Organisation – $556
Whale points out:
Total Spend by Unions, Labour and the Greens is $140,162.90
Labour and the Greens by themselves breach the act, with combined spending of $84,924.44
Will be very interesting to see what the result of a complaint would be.