The Herald reports:
Current and former MPs and “ordinary people” banded together to pay the $632 fine Hone Harawira received last year for defying police at a 2012 Auckland housing protest.
But while one of his Mana Party contenders claims Winston Peters was among the donors, Mr Harawira will not name them, even though it appears he is required to do so under parliamentary rules. …
But last week at a public meeting of Housing NZ tenants in Grey Lynn, the sole nominee for Mana Party candidate for Tamaki Makaurau, Kereama Pene, said: “Our Mana leader was dragged out of his car in GI.
He got done for it. Do you know who paid his $500 fine?”
Someone called out “Kim Dotcom!”.
But Mr Pene said: “No, it was worse than that, much worse than that, it was Winston Peters.”
I have to say that it seems unlikely.
However, the fine, including costs, is large enough to require disclosure under the rules for Parliament’s Register of Pecuniary Interests because it was paid by someone other than Mr Harawira.
The rules also require the identity of those paying off MPs’ debts to be declared.
Mr Harawira last night refused to comment on what he said was a “petty” matter.
Following the petty rules is only for white MOFOs!