An interesting story in the NZ Herald about NZ First wanting to still find a charity which will take their $158,000 “donation” in lieu of them reimbursing the taxpayer.
Three charities have said they would also say no. They are:
- Cancer Society
- Child Cancer Foundation
- New Zealand Red Cross
Now these are arguably the three biggest charities in terms of getting donations from the public. I suspect it is no coincidence that they have decided that they risk losing more money by accepting the “donation”, than refusing it.
I was chatting on radio about this, this morning. I think it is risky for NZ First to continue to refuse to pay it to the taxpayer. His best chance of making 5% is by campaigning on issues like them getting 1,000 more police etc, not defending his decision to donate money owed to the taxpayer to charity.