The Parliamentary Service Act specifies what taxpayer funded parliamentary budgets can and can not be spent on.
Section 3B((2)(a)(vi) states:
However, funding entitlements for parliamentary purposes does not include funding for any communication that explicitly seeks support for casting a vote for one of the responses to a proposal to be put to electors in a government initiated referendum
But go to this website promoted by NZ First – www.keepourflag.nz and read:
“Keep Our Flag“
“Don’t be fooled. Every other party, including Labour and the Greens, support changing the flag.”
Now this would be fine if NZ First were paying for this out of their own pocket. But they are not. They are using taxpayer money to run this site – in clear breach of The Parliamentary Service Act.
The domain is registered to:
|Registrant Contact Name: New Zealand First|
|Registrant Contact Address||Freepost Parliament Private Bag 18888|
|Registrant Contact City||Wellington|
|Registrant Contact Province||Wellington|
|Registrant Contact Postal Code||6160|
|Registrant Contact Country||NZ (NEW ZEALAND)|
|Registrant Contact Phone||+64 48178xxx (changed by DPF)|
|Registrant Contact Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org (changed by DPF)|
The contact address, phone number and e-mail are all Parliament.
I hope The Parliamentary Service and/or the Auditor-General investigate.