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Billionaires among the full list of donors supporting NZ First

 

Stuff Report

A raft of multimillionaire rich-listers are among the funders of Winston Peters’ NZ First party, donating large and undisclosed sums to a slush fund now being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.

Stuff can reveal a longer list of donors to the NZ First Foundation up to April 2019 – which appears to operate as a political slush fund – based on Foundation documents seen by Stuff. It includes New Zealand’s richest man, Graeme Hart, and the billion-dollar Spencer family.

A raft of multimillionaire rich-listers are among the funders of Winston Peters’ NZ First party, donating large and undisclosed sums to a slush fund now being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.

Stuff can reveal a longer list of donors to the NZ First Foundation up to April 2019 – which appears to operate as a political slush fund – based on Foundation documents seen by Stuff. It includes New Zealand’s richest man, Graeme Hart, and the billion-dollar Spencer family.

Business magnates, property developers, a chicken farmer, and thoroughbred horse breeders are among the wealthy known to have contributed heavily to the foundation, which tallied more than $500,000 in donations.

There is no suggestion the donors have done anything wrong or acted illegally.

NZ First has traditionally pitched itself to voters as a party for grassroots Kiwis in regional New Zealand, a party keen to trim the excesses of neo-liberal capitalism.

Former NZ First MP Doug Woolerton, a trustee of the NZ First Foundation and a government lobbyist, told the Politik website last year that the party has “always thought [its] constituency was the guy who owns the shop, the guy who fixes the tractors”.

“It’s not the farmers. It’s the people who service the farmers who do the grunt work day to day,” he said.

But the donations show NZ First retains the support of some of New Zealand’s business elite and wealthiest individuals.

http/politics/119704872/billionaires-among-the-full-list-of-donors-supporting-nz-first

There is no counting for brains in the rich. I can understand making political donations, but to a party dominated by a drunken dwarf just makes no sense.

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  1. Any half decent reporter would look at the other parties these people donated to. They would normally donate to a number of parties for each election.

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  2. This and the earlier thread about Rishi Sunak expose the great flaw in democracy.
    These people can vote – anyone can vote even if they’re astoundingly stupid.

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  3. After the publicity, I don’t imagine too many of these donors will be opening their wallets this time around. Could be a lean year for Winnie’s war chest.

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  4. I bet his arsehole is pukering. “Grant.. you’re the expert, can you check the little fellas japanese flag”

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  5. It makes perfect sense as they get favours in return.

    Now how about a media beat up about Labours filthy rich supporters?

    I think Winston is the least of our worries and will probably be out next election.

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    • The msm have had to leave the National party associated donations pretty much alone as there are bigger issues with the NZF Foundation. Will we hear the outcome of the SFO investigation into NZF before the election??!

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