Taxpayers’ Union welcomes $158,000 paid back

April 1st, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

The Taxpayers’ Union has welcomed the very overdue news:

The Taxpayers’ Union has warmly welcomed the decision of Winston Peters and the New Zealand First Party to pay back the $158,000 the party owes the taxpayer.

Executive Director Jordan Williams has said “On behalf of our members and supporters, we congratulate Winston Peters for his show of leadership in deciding to pay back the $158,000. It’s a principled decision that reflects well on New Zealand First”

“While some commentators may be churlish at the length of time it has taken to arrange repayment, we believe the maxim ‘better late than never’ definitely applies in this case.”

The $158,000 debt relates to parliamentary spending by the New Zealand First Party in 2005, that the Auditor-General found to be unauthorised and illegal. All other parties repaid their unauthorised spending prior to the 2008 election.

With NZ First rising in the polls, this news will push them up even further.

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46 Responses to “Taxpayers’ Union welcomes $158,000 paid back”

  1. KiwiRupes (15 comments) says:

    Nice one :-)

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  2. Mobile Michael (430 comments) says:

    Just going out to water my spaghetti plant… it did take me a minute.

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  3. sweetd (125 comments) says:

    Plus interest on late repay?

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  4. Pete George (23,296 comments) says:

    This will be funny for some but with questions being asked about the Taxpayer’s Union political motives (it’s often put far more bluntly than that) including them in this won’t help claims like “We are not a political party, or aligned to any.”

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  5. big bruv (13,552 comments) says:

    Jesus wept Pete!

    Have you always been devoid of humour or did you have to work at it?

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  6. ChrisM (101 comments) says:

    I believe the repayment is in the same category as this surprise announcement
    http://www.listener.co.nz/current-affairs/politics/geoff-robinson-linked-with-move-to-kim-dotcoms-internet-party/

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  7. Pete George (23,296 comments) says:

    I get the joke bb. But associating the Taxpayer’s Union with a political dig is not a good advertisement for it’s claimed political independence.

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  8. Elaycee (4,332 comments) says:

    Haha – very good.

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  9. Keeping Stock (10,168 comments) says:

    What big bruv said.

    As for the subject of this post, we should be so lucky.

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  10. NoCash (256 comments) says:

    Good one! You almost got me haha.

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  11. big bruv (13,552 comments) says:

    PG

    This is exactly the type of thing that I want the tax payer union doing. Peters stole $158,000 from the tax payers of NZ and on behalf of those tax payers I want the money back.

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  12. redqueen (518 comments) says:

    Hopefully there won’t be any ‘bounce’ for this. The last thing we need is Winston First as ‘kingmaker’…again…

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  13. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    The venal lush Peters will spend it all on Glenlivet and Glenfiddich.

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  14. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Don’t forget the interest for late payment . . . this compounds, and is not chicken shit. Maybe his obese criminal German mate can fund this discrepancy.

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  15. bc (1,344 comments) says:

    Poor igm, so eager to write another meaningless hate post, that he hasn’t spotted the obvious.
    Or has he, and decided to just write a hate post anyway!

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  16. Harriet (4,614 comments) says:

    Kiwi Rupes#

    Have a nice day. :cool:

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  17. Linda Reid (407 comments) says:

    Happy April Fools Day

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  18. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    bc: Bet you are another leftie who has fiscal abilities of a dyslexic, supporting the likes of Norman and Cunliffe, living a life in envy of the successful and wealthy.

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  19. Brian Smaller (4,026 comments) says:

    April Fool’s jokes have to be at least slightly plausible.

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  20. weizguy (120 comments) says:

    This isn’t a practical joke, it’s a Nat fanboy’s wet dream. You’ve filed it wrong DPF.

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  21. freethinker (685 comments) says:

    I hope this is an April fool joke as it gets refreshed the fact that Peters is a devious unprincipled bender of facts and when money is involved there is no length he is not prepared to go to to disguise what he is doing.

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  22. bc (1,344 comments) says:

    (Yawn)
    Igm, you do have a talent of sorts. Regardless of the post (even an april fools one), you manage to say the same 2 or 3 sentences of mindless drivel.
    But reading your daily hate posts makes me miss redbaiter – now that guy could do abuse!

    But hey, maybe kiwiblog is therapy for you. Gotta release the hate somehow.

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  23. radvad (696 comments) says:

    Joking aside, it is a travesty that Peters has escaped scrutiny for his claims of having donated the money to charity. The whole episode is just another blot on our political history perpetrated by a venal politician.

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  24. Changeiscoming (158 comments) says:

    Nice April fools joke DPF – had me for 2.5seconds.

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  25. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    bc: Are you a public servant, beneficiary, or just plain loser? Anyone who condones what Peters has done, is a bigger arsehole than he.

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  26. OneTrack (2,794 comments) says:

    “This isn’t a practical joke, it’s a Nat fanboy’s wet dream. You’ve filed it wrong DPF.”

    Yeah, only the National supporters think that money illegally spent should be paid back to the taxpayer.

    Whereas, those on the left think it is their God-given right to waste, I mean spend, as much taxpayers money as possible. And where the formation of a group whose goal is to try and point out said spending is treated with derision by the left. It might spoil their fun.

    I guess the left are right. What is the problem anyway? There is more money where that came from. I know this because a Greek once told me. What could go wrong?

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  27. jcuk (635 comments) says:

    Thank goodness there is only one April the First each year …. all much too much for me :)

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  28. RRM (9,638 comments) says:

    You sad, miserable chump igm, no-one’s condoning Peters’ actions, not even bc.

    :-) Smile, it makes people wonder what you’ve been getting up to!

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  29. bc (1,344 comments) says:

    Exactly right, RRM !!

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  30. Chuck Bird (4,749 comments) says:

    igm, there is a difference between condoning and accepting what is done is done. John Key recognizes this.

    Look at Japanese whaling. In politics you sometimes have to separate issues. Would it have been sensible to stop trade over the issue.

    I would far rather see a National lead government including NZF than the other lot that would damage New Zealand for decades. I wonder if National would think a binding referendum on the future of Maori seats would be too high a price to pay.

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  31. flipper (3,824 comments) says:

    Well, DPF…..

    You might have included a smiley face…..would have saved much angst for some. :-)

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  32. Cunningham (828 comments) says:

    Clever move in Winston. I still can’t see how he could possibly go with National after the election but I am surprised he paid this back so who knows what he will do!

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  33. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    Ummm Cunningham…well, never mind…

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  34. Cunningham (828 comments) says:

    Feck I must need another coffee!!!!

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  35. weizguy (120 comments) says:

    “And where the formation of a group whose goal is to try and point out said spending is treated with derision by the left.”

    Any and all derision is directed at the partisan nature of what the TPU chooses to point out.

    Criticism of non-payment may very well be valid, but only in the minds of partisan hacks is this clever April Fool’s japery.

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  36. dime (9,658 comments) says:

    Ya got me DPF! well done.

    “But associating the Taxpayer’s Union with a political dig is not a good advertisement for it’s claimed political independence.”

    moron.

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  37. Viking2 (11,252 comments) says:

    Obviously hasn’t made the main news yet.

    Nice one guys. Snared a few with no sense of humour.

    I can see Winston laughing his head of with the charismatic smile of his. :lol: :lol:

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  38. burt (7,994 comments) says:

    Perhaps somebody at IRD can do a quick penalties and interest calculation to tell us how much needs to be paid on a debt from 2006 of $158,000 – probably over $500,000 by now.

    Oh that’s right – penalties and interest are for tax payers not thieving self serving above the law twats like Winston.

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  39. sweetd (125 comments) says:

    well played, you got me. I am red faced over my 7.15am comment.

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  40. Rick Rowling (823 comments) says:

    Well fuck, forgot the date today.

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  41. Rex Widerstrom (5,327 comments) says:

    Chuck Bird says:

    igm, there is a difference between condoning and accepting what is done is done. John Key recognizes this.

    Oh boy, am I ever archiving that line of reasoning for the next time we’re debating whether or not some criminal who’s paid his debt to society, ought to be released.

    I won’t be asking you to condone his offending, Chuck, just to “accept” it. Or, to put it another way, to be more “relaxed” about it.

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  42. stigie (985 comments) says:

    Fuck me…I was also done for about 158000 sec !!

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  43. Chuck Bird (4,749 comments) says:

    Rex, you are comparing apples and oranges. As far I know Winston has not committed any crime particularly one that has a penalty over two years jail. Has he told any lies? Sure but how many politicians do not? Not very many.

    My view on violent offenders or sex offender particularly those who offend against children including underage adolescents is unrelated to the topic of this thread.

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  44. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Meanwhile, the Taxpayers’ Union is continuing to ask hard questions of Judith Collins and her junket to China last year during which she popped in to Oravida – which employs Collins’ husband – for a “cup of tea” on her way to the airport. It was later revealed that Oravida is many miles from the airport and that she had promoted a product. The Cabinet Manual prohibits Ministers from endorsing or promoting products. Executive Director Jordan Williams says he is “deeply concerned” with Ms Collins’ conduct.

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  45. slightlyrighty (2,499 comments) says:

    It’s a sad day when the news that the leader of a political party has done the decent and honorable thing is actually an April fools joke.

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  46. bc (1,344 comments) says:

    Well said, slightlyrighty.

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