Police have referred a complaint about Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel’s election expenses to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
Dalziel, who defeated Darryll Park and John Minto in October to win her third term as mayor, was criticised for failing to identify donors who made significant contributions to her campaign.
This is no surprise. Dalziel’s return was clearly wrong. To make things worse both Dalziel and her husband (she says she acted on his advice) are lawyers and Dalziel has been in politics for so long, she should know electoral law well.
The fact the donors are all connected to her husband makes it worse.
The SFO have also just announced:
The Serious Fraud Office has today received a referral from NZ Police in relation to Phil Goff’s election expenses.
So the Mayors of our two largest cities under SFO investigation for their donation or expense returns.