Is NZ First being run out of their parliamentary office?

May 28th, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Hamish Rutherford at Stuff reports:

Brendan Horan claims he has been inundated by people wanting to share information about NZ First as he makes new allegations that his former party had breached Parliament’s rules.

Horan’s office today released a memo written by Apirana Dawson, NZ First’s director of operations, to party leader Winston Peters addressing “poor party financial structure and inadequate funds to support the party and to run a campaign”.

Horan alleged last week that Dawson and other NZ First staff were engaged in party work when they were meant to be focused on parliamentary activities. Speaker David Carter has confirmed he is investigating.

In today’s document, from July 2012, Dawson called for the establishment of a system where party members had their fees increased to at least $3 a month, to be paid by direct debit.

Parliamentary staff should not be working on membership issues for the party. That is a bright red line.

Peters has┬ánot fronted in Parliament for almost a week. No doubt when he does he’ll huff and puff and bluster.

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28 Responses to “Is NZ First being run out of their parliamentary office?”

  1. Harriet (4,855 comments) says:

    Business as usual then – more voters heading to the Conservatives.

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  2. RightNow (6,986 comments) says:

    I took the post heading the wrong way, had a mental image of Winston tarred and feathered and being run out of his office. Good times.

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  3. Ross Miller (1,700 comments) says:

    Harriet 10.05 … only problem with your analysis is that the polls don’t reflect that.

    Re Winston First … rules are made for the obedience of others. Winston rules OK.

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  4. Ashley Schaeffer (472 comments) says:

    If Brendan Horan actually manages to drag NZ First down and substantially damage their chances of getting back into parliament this year, he should be knighted.

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  5. RAS (63 comments) says:

    So what happens if it’s determined that they did do party work out of the office?
    I’m guessing nothing.

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  6. PTM (47 comments) says:

    Isn’t that what Labour are doing from their War “panic” Room?

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  7. hj (6,918 comments) says:

    The real story is a population ponzi scheme: the construction sectotr has grown enornously since 2002 but suffers if we don’t get a continual influx of people with cash earned offshore. Never nind if it isn’t in the best interests of the country as a whole.Shame National!

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  8. anticorruptionnz (212 comments) says:

    why bother with elections with secret payments and the use of former members as a tool dirty tactics is what it is all about.

    I am sure if you managed to turn a labour, national, green or Maori party member to be a snitch you too would find dirty laundry in their closets.

    Great diversion to take the heat off Collins.

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  9. big bruv (13,725 comments) says:

    Interesting listening to Brendan Horan talk about Peters, Williams and co on radio live yesterday. While Horan might have had his own problems it was fascinating to listen to him further expose Peters and the NZ First party.

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  10. big bruv (13,725 comments) says:

    “Great diversion to take the heat off Collins.”

    What heat?

    The public are a lot brighter than the left it seems, they have shown via recent poll results that they see nothing in the Orivda beat up.

    The pubic have moved on.

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  11. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    Whatever the case, he’ll say demonstrably a lot. You just watch.

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  12. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (876 comments) says:

    This is all fine fellows. But at the end of the day, the speaker’s ruling will be – “Extensive enquiries reveal that NZ First has spent the parliamentary funding appropriately and we don’t find any evidence of misuse”.

    Mark my words. Write it down.

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  13. Unity (530 comments) says:

    Isn’t politics a dirty business. Who would stand?

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  14. burt (8,238 comments) says:

    Wait for the stock standard response of the corrupt and self serving;

    It’s the way we have always done it …. Others did it too …. The rules are confusing …

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  15. Peter (1,699 comments) says:

    Sir Cullen is correct. Wrong-doing in parliament often goes nowhere unless it’s a major political liability. Winston is never a political liability to NZFirst.

    Horan would need something major, outside parliament, to make a dent in that armour.

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  16. burt (8,238 comments) says:

    Peter

    That’s right …. The people who makes the rules consistently claim the rules are confusing, others are doing it too, it’s the way we have always done it – So we move on….

    Apparently the convention of parliament that states that if an MP votes for a law they don’t have the reasonable person defense of saying they didn’t understand the law is …. well it’s just a nice sound bite.

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  17. gravedodger (1,552 comments) says:

    The Greens funded their membership drive and establishment of a significantly larger data base using Parliamentary services and the Leaders budget in the smokescreen that was the electricity reform/destroy as much value in MRP, charade.

    Any negative outcomes Nah all very successfully accomplished.

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  18. tvb (4,364 comments) says:

    Does NZF have an office independent of what is supplied by the Parliamentary Service?? I suspect not. So how does it conduct party activity other than through what is supplied by the PS. Both Labour and National have independent party offices.

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  19. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (876 comments) says:

    burt (7,278 comments) says:
    May 28th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    @burt – “Move on” or “Moving on” or “Move on bros” are copyright terms of Sir Cullen’s Sidekick….you need my written permission to use these terms….however, as you seem like a rich prick, ripe for tax gouging, I will let you use the term…..

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  20. burt (8,238 comments) says:

    tvb

    Note to Labour and National. Close down your non parliamentary office then you will have no choice but to use the parliament one and it will be OK to ignore the rules (that you probably voted to pass) regarding use of tax payers money for electioneering. Oh, and be good corrupt self serving twats and say move on to anyone who questions your rorting the tax payers.

    So how does it conduct party activity other than through what is supplied by the PS.

    That’s not the tax payers problem …. I know – it’s the way they have always done it right ?

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  21. Paulus (2,607 comments) says:

    Do you really think that Peters cares about what people think – he continues to be above all that crap – move on.

    It will not dent his vote – those who vote for him believe he can do no wrong whatever anybody proves or thinks.

    They believe he is only in Parliament to keep the others honest, and that is his role.

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  22. Colville (2,261 comments) says:

    I just hope that someone has taken Horan aside and had a good chat with him regarding timing of the information that he has.
    I dont want him burning up all the good stuff and it going quiet in the lead up to the big day…I want careful metering of the releases…to cause slow and lingering embarrasment.

    Ashley Schafer @ 10.24. Being Knighted would be good for Horan but I bet he would far rather have some cushy well paid job in a quango somewhere… something not too stressful… and then a list spot in ’17 !

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  23. virtualmark (1,513 comments) says:

    I love the quote from Apirana Dawson that “people are lazy and forgetful”.

    I couldn’t figure out if she was talking about NZ First’s members. Or it’s leader.

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  24. hj (6,918 comments) says:

    A recent 3News poll found 62.4% of New Zealanders want restrictions on the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
    …………..
    Worried huh?

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  25. hj (6,918 comments) says:

    The Right Honourable Winston Peters says: ,,,l.
    :lol:

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  26. hj (6,918 comments) says:

    Oh I love Kiwiblog!

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  27. jonnycomelately (19 comments) says:

    If NZ 1st is found to be rorting party funding rules it will be the same as the $150k a while ago – nothing, no payback – forgotten!

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  28. ChardonnayGuy (1,199 comments) says:

    Meanwhile, in Manukau East…

    Tensions between the New Zealand First board and its Manukau East electorate organisation are being revealed in leaked party papers.

    Board minutes from May of last year reveal the board wrote to the electorate over what it described as unconstitutional processes it was following with its finances.

    The papers show the board demanded immediate closure of non-approved bank accounts, payment of all collected membership monies to the party, as well as a return of all membership books and receipt books.

    A full audit was threatened if the electorate organisation didn’t comply.

    List MP Asenati Lole-Taylor contested the Manukau East electorate for New Zealand First at the last election.

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/1651988616-nz-first-tensions-revealed

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