2013 Donation Returns

May 2nd, 2014 at 4:36 pm by David Farrar

The Electoral Commission has published the 2013 annual donation returns from registered parties.

In terms of large (over $15,000 donations) the parties that received them were in order:

  1. Greens $261,807
  2. National $164,603
  3. Conservatives $190,000
  4. ACT $25,000

That is fascinating. The Greens received the most in large donations, and Labour received nothing (in 2013) over $15,000.

In terms of medium sized donations ($1,500 to $15,000) the totals received were:

  1. National $865,900
  2. Labour $478,555
  3. Greens $124,905
  4. ACT $108,895
  5. Maori $73,473
  6. Mana $28,374
  7. Conservatives $6,506
  8. NZ First $2,000

NZ First says they received only one donation above $1,500. Hmmn.

ACT’s large donor was a Lani Hagaman. She and her husband are property investors.

The Conservatives had $90,000 from Colin Craig and $100,000 from Laurence and Katrina Day. Laurence I think is a Director of Quantum Education.

Most of the Green Party donations are from MPs who paid between $15,500 and $20,000 each. Also got $20,000 from a Jane Juneau who is a New Plymouth photographer.

National had five large donors (and 185 medium sized ones). The five large ones were:

  1. Xiao Miao Fan $63,500
  2. Oravida $30,000
  3. Cyril Smith $29,950
  4. Gallagher Group $24,152
  5. Graeme Douglas $17,000

Worth noting that the value of the five large donors is quite modest compared to the medium sized donors. They represent just 15% of total donations over $1,500. Also I’d estimate National receives probably $1 million or so on top of that through membership fess and donations that are under $1,500 individually, so the five large donors are probably just 5% to 8% of total income for National.

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  1. Nick R (507 comments) says:

    Oh dear. That Orivida donation sticks out like the proverbial dog’s, doesn’t it.

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  2. Urban_Redneck (92 comments) says:

    Another 30 grand from Oravida. No wonder Collins was at “that” meeting.

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  3. big bruv (13,931 comments) says:

    Winston first got nothing apart from $2000. Are we really expected to believe that?

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  4. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    Oh dear. That Orivida donation sticks out like the proverbial dog’s, doesn’t it.

    Along with today’s document release that shows her lying to parliament, she’s toast.

    Good job too.

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  5. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    If I win lotto, I’m going to change my name to Tam Jak Song and then I can purchase favours from the National Party like other Chinese millionaires!!!

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  6. XavierG (34 comments) says:

    The Greens’ donations above $15,000 predominantly come from their MPs through their tithing system…

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  7. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    >Most of the Green Party donations are from MPs who paid between $15,500 and $20,000 each.

    Is it a condition that Green MPs must make a huge donation to the party before they are placed on the List? If so, it looks an awful lot like the Greens are selling List places.

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  8. XavierG (34 comments) says:

    “Is it a condition that Green MPs must make a huge donation to the party before they are placed on the List? If so, it looks an awful lot like the Greens are selling List places.”

    Caucus doesn’t decide the list, so no.

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  9. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Oh, and we know that Phillip Mills gave $14k to Labour in December, then $50k in January. It seems very strange that he would give an uneven amount that was just below the disclosure level at the end of a reporting period, and then another amount a month later. Isn’t advising Dotcom to split his donation in to two chunks what has caused Banks to be charged?

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  10. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    XavierG>Caucus doesn’t decide the list, so no.

    I don’t see the relevance.

    A: “Hello Green Party hierarchy, I am a member of the party and wish to stand for parliament”.
    B: “Are you prepared to pay us $15-$20k each year?”
    A: “That’s a hell of a lot of money, so no.”
    B: “Well you can’t be a Green MP then. No payment, no seat in parliament.”

    I don’t see how this can’t be considered corrupt.

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  11. Ross12 (1,432 comments) says:

    Are we to believe that none of the Unions donated to the Labour Party ? or do they do it in a way that isn’t declared ?

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  12. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    Me thinks Collins gone…

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  13. XavierG (34 comments) says:

    I don’t think you understand the concept of the tithing.

    All Green MPs are required to provide a certain percentage of their state funded salaries to the party as part of a tithing system.

    No matter who gets into parliament, they’re all required to pay it. The amount that they pay doesn’t affect their ranking, rather, the amount that they pay reflects their ranking (by and large)

    Now, some MPs may provide additional donations based on their own personal circumstances, but you can see that the draft list that has been published doesn’t reflect the rank that they’ve been allocated any of the lists – This information isn’t used by the hierarchy in the initial draft list, nor has it had any impact on subsequent ranking by members. The demotion of Steffan Browning in the list should indicate this to you.

    But of course, you’ve already reached the conclusion that Those Greens Are Just Filthy Corrupt Socialists, so don’t let the facts stand in the way of a good story.

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  14. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    Xiao Miao Fan gave $45,000 the year before, that north of $100k now in now years.

    Who is this person ?

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  15. MT_Tinman (3,204 comments) says:

    Are monies transferred by unions to Labour in the list?

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  16. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    @XavierG 5:20 pm

    Yep, all true, Xavier, but let’s not let trolling over the Green MPs’ donations get in the way of the thing that stands out like dog’s bollocks here (as Nick R said) – the Oravida donation looks very much like payment for services rendered by Judith Collins in assisting her husband’s company to get their products back into China.

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  17. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    XavierG>I don’t think you understand the concept of the tithing.

    I don’t think you understand the concept of seats-for-sale. The Greens are going to win about ten parliamentary seats. If you want one of those, you have to promise to pay the Green Party about $50k over three years. The Greens have sold seats in parliament for cash.

    How do you think it would look if a wealthy businessman promised to donate $50k to National IF they gave him a comfortable List position and therefore a parliamentary seat? People would say that National were corrupt, and they’d be right. Which is why they wouldn’t entertain such a thing. In fact, the only non-Green equivalent is the unions buying Andrew Little a seat by funding Labour.

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  18. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    A: “Hello Green Party hierarchy, I am a member of the party and wish to stand for parliament”.
    B: “Are you prepared to pay us $15-$20k each year?”
    A: “That’s a hell of a lot of money, so no.”
    B: “Well you can’t be a Green MP then. No payment, no seat in parliament.”

    They are being asked to tithe a portion of their salary in return for being on the Green List. If they don’t like it, they could easily stand for some other party.

    It’s fine for parties to require concessions to stand on their ticket. If NZF requires ceremonial grovelling to Winston or National a series of vile, homosexual acts, then that’s their business.

    It could be worse. I’ve heard that Labour make you do it with Mallard or Curran.

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  19. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Round of Golf, anyone? :-)

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  20. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    Collins looks finished now. I can’t see how see can tough this out.

    To lose two ministers in a week would appear careless, particularly with a common theme.

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  21. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    Collins looks finished now. I can’t see how see can tough this out.

    I’ve heard she would take the Samson option if that happened. Poor Key.

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  22. Nick R (507 comments) says:

    > Xiao Miao Fan gave $45,000 the year before, that north of $100k now in now years.

    > Who is this person ?

    Buggered if I know. But I bet her house has been really well decorated…

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  23. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    Samson option ?

    Ahh I understand, bring it all down around her.

    would need popcorn if that happened

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  24. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    Alan asks who is this person.'(Xioa Miao Fan)

    Damn good question.

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  25. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    2011 donations here.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2012/05/2011_party_donation_returns.html

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  26. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    Surprising!! Resident Communist Corin Dann has reluctantly agreed that while all the revelations are timing wise bad for National, the email trail doesn’t bring anything additional against Judith Milk Collins…..I am surprised…..May be the opposition including their TV1 communist have started to realise that there is no solid evidence against the milkmaid…..But Rainbow Williamson and milkmaid Collins are going to distract the attention away from the budget……

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  27. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    Xavier: Your mates are not filthy corrupt socialists…they are doctinaire dedicated communists who attract Useful Idiots of all ages – and clearly some fairly wealthy ones – by pretending to be all for protecting poor fragile Gaia…

    I am not a man easily frightened, but I am truly terrified at the prospect of those people I sat across the aisle from having their hands anywhere near the levers of power…

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  28. duggledog (1,559 comments) says:

    Yes, Collins will surely be gone Monday. You have to staunch the flow as as soon as possible and the election is so close.

    DG, what’s really scary is the fact that even now Labour + Greens still = 40 odd % of the vote. So we clearly have almost half of the population who are utterly thick as shit or just completely disconnected. Because you really only get the government you deserve

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  29. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Why aren’t Cunliffe’s secret donors on the list? Their donations must have been made last year. Do Labour need to revisit their return?

    It’s a bizarre world where National’s donors are declared and known, and the Left go nuts. But Cunliffe’s donors are secret and that’s okay. And where Williamson resigns for interfering with the justice system, but Norman promises to overturn an extradition decision if the extraditee does a political favour for the Greens.

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  30. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    It’s far too soon to write Collins off. Oravida’s donation is completely legal, and has been declared as required. End of story.

    On the other hand, we still have no idea who is pulling David Cunliffe’s strings because two donations to his leadership campaign remain anonymous. It was his and Greg Presland’s intention to keep these donations permanently hidden, hence the secret trust that Presland set up. Who has been more transparent; Oravida or David and Greg?

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  31. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    I thought Cunliffe returned those donations rather than keep them and have to tell who they were from?

    Hence, technically they are no longer donations, and don’t have to be on the list, only the ones they did keep – which are there.

    A bit ‘tricky’ but if the money was returned I guess there is nothing to report?

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  32. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Judth>Hence, technically they are no longer donations, and don’t have to be on the list, only the ones they did keep – which are there.

    What? The money was donated and accepted. It doesn’t matter that the same amount was later paid to the donor. Besides which, the donations were made in 2013 while the return payments were made in 2014.

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  33. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    He said he was going to Judith, but that’s no guarantee that he did. After all, Phil Goff said some years ago he was going to sell his flat in Wellington, but a couple of years later still hadn’t.

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  34. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    The money was given to Cunliffe, personally to run his leadership campaign, they are not donations to the Labour party. There is no statutory requirement for the party to declare it on this return.

    I’m sure this will get a pile of downticks, but it’s accurate and factual answer.

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  35. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    @ Alan – correct, although you omitted to mention that the reason the whistle was blown on David Cunliffe was because he hid these donations in a secret trust to avoid a peculiarly interest declaration.

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  36. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Alan>The money was given to Cunliffe, personally to run his leadership campaign, they are not donations to the Labour party. There is no statutory requirement for the party to declare it on this return.

    So if Oravaida had given a pile of money personally to Judith Collins, then it would have been just fine if she’d kept it secret? You may be correct in terms of current law, but it is still totally corrupt. We don’t know what Cunliffe promised the secret donors, why they wanted to remain secret, and whether the promises made are still in effect.

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  37. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    @KS I omitted it because it had no relevance to the question of why they weren’t included in this report.

    I’m in no way defending his trust setup

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  38. Psycho Milt (2,412 comments) says:

    Oravida’s donation is completely legal, and has been declared as required. End of story.

    Yeah, good luck with that.

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  39. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    @ Psycho Milt – perhaps Labour’s angst at the Oravida donation, legal and properly declared as it was, is that no one is giving them the time of day, let alone any readies.

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  40. Ross12 (1,432 comments) says:

    How much of this beat up is to do with the fact that Labour has no money ( or very little money) in the bank for their campaign.That is , green with envy !! As Rob Hosking is saying in the NBR –this is all part of a campaign to have tax payer funding of political parties.

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  41. simonway (387 comments) says:

    If you want one of those, you have to promise to pay the Green Party about $50k over three years. The Greens have sold seats in parliament for cash.

    If you want a place on the National Party list, you have to give money to the National Party to purchase a membership.

    Any Green MP is free to choose not to tithe from their salary. They’ll be expelled from the Party, but that makes it entirely possible to get in on a Green ticket without tithing any of the benefits that a Green list place affords you.

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  42. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Keeping Stock (9,805 comments) says:
    May 2nd, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Oh Okay, I really don’t know much about it – I was just under the impression that if the money was returned it was a ‘no donation’!

    No doubt if it wasn’t returned as stated, we will hear about it at some stage.

    Personally I’d prefer to see no publicity campaigns – just public meetings where each candidate had to answer questions put to them by the public, on the spot – sort the wheat from the chaff!

    An even playing field, no donations involved, all working from the same tight budget – then lets see who would impress the most – he who can run a good campaign on a real tight budget gets to be minister of finance!

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  43. slijmbal (1,236 comments) says:

    I see compared to 2011 the unions appear to have given much less to labour – at least the larger contributors – I am confused why that would be so.

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  44. Nostalgia-NZ (5,221 comments) says:

    Doing overtime tonight KS? I don’t think there is anything in the donation, but the ‘private’ dinner is another matter. As is required, I note again that I don’t rate JC’s ability or performance, however this whole thing with Orivida still smells and there is only one Minister whose spouse is a director of the company and she is the one that reschedules proper distance of diplomatic formalities on a ‘trust me’ basis where else there would be no need for further inquiry now. If JK had asked for her resignation or sent her to the back benches the ‘Collins’ affair would not be back ending on ‘I wasn’t trying to meddle Williamson’s’ oversights. As it is they add together to the detriment of a robust National Government performance. Someone recently on here said that JC has feet of clay, hard to disagree.

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  45. Spam (588 comments) says:

    All Green MPs are required to provide a certain percentage of their state funded salaries to the party as part of a tithing system.
    So a run around the end zone for state funding of political parties, then.

    Remember: it is not a state-funded salary. It is a taxpayer funded one.

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  46. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    On the other hand, we still have no idea who is pulling David Cunliffe’s strings.

    His wife, silly.

    Cunliffe’s trust is a non-story. They weren’t donations for a party political campaign, and the Labour leadership rules allowed for anonymous donations. Were Judith Collins running for the National Party, she would have been entitled to the same, if party rules allowed for it. There are good reasons to allow for anonymous donations in these cases, because those on the losing side don’t want intra party retaliation. But perhaps, in the grand scheme of things, anonymity is the worse option. Cunliffe decided that and that was his decision to make.

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  47. SPC (5,643 comments) says:

    Who is Xiao Miao Fan?

    https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=Xiao+Miao+Fan&hl=en-GB&rlz=1T4GGHP_en-GBNZ423NZ423&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ZXhjU4baLs–kgW2soDYCg&ved=0CF8QsAQ&biw=1627&bih=750

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  48. SPC (5,643 comments) says:

    Why don’t list MP’s from all parties contribute a portion of their salary to their party (for the campaign to elect them)?

    Electorate MP’s presumably finance their own local campaigns.

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  49. Lance (2,662 comments) says:

    Oh yes
    This behaviour by the left will win lots of votes with the Asians…. not.

    It might not be that common in other circles but relationship building in business is everything to Asian people.
    Labour are alienating the Chinese at just about every level they think important from relationship building, to property dealings to immigration etc etc.

    Nice strategy, appeal to the votes they already have and piss off a big potential block.
    Goodbye Auckland for Labour,… pah… who needs Auckland anyway to win an election?

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  50. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Who are “Tojo’s” donors? APN, Fairfax, Radio NZ, Newstalkzb, Tv3, TVNZ, etc., must have their hands tied by Little and his unionist scum.

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  51. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    Doing overtime tonight KS?

    No Nostalgia; parked on the couch with my iPad waiting for the League test to start :D

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  52. Nostalgia-NZ (5,221 comments) says:

    Great game wasn’t it KS. If Waeranga Hargreaves didn’t know why he wasn’t in the test squad last nights game should have given him a good idea of the reason.

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  53. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    Agreed Nostalgia – one of the commentators said after the Kiwis scored their second try something along the lines of it being the biggest game of their lives for most of the Kiwis, but just another match for the Australians. Kearney now has a squad to build on who will give everything for him, and he doesn’t need the glory boys like SBW and JWH.

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  54. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    Oravida’s donation is completely legal, and has been declared as required. End of story.

    Yeah, good luck with that.

    Geez. You rant when there are secret, anonymous donations. And when they are declared you’re still ranting!

    Can’t bloody win!

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  55. Changeiscoming (190 comments) says:

    Nearly all parties with electorate presence would run local bank accounts for those electorates or at a regional level. Does anyone know if these electorate accounts are rolled up into these figures?

    Or is this a hole in the system?

    Thanks

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  56. XavierG (34 comments) says:

    Left leaning, sure, David Garrett. But at least none of them have stolen dead babies’ identities or have convictions for assault. I know who I’d much rather sit across the aisle from.

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  57. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    XavierG: You have demonstrated the gutless filthy way left-wing envious scum live their lives. When a homosexual or paedophiler commits heinous crimes, you and your ilk are the first to go apeshit when they get exposed to the public. Your abuse of DG shows you as a real arsehole. I would far prefer to trust a real man such as he. than a rainbow fairy of your preference.

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