Labour’s Willie Jackson says photographing journalists is a “bit unusual” after Winston Peters admitted – then denied – being involved in capturing photographs of two reporters investigating the New Zealand First Foundation.
In an interview with Magic Talk’s Peter Williams, Peters – the New Zealand First leader and Deputy Prime Minister – said “we took the photograph
Peters has been embroiled in scandal this week as information about the New Zealand First Foundation appeared in the media. The foundation has been accused of being a slush fund for the New Zealand First Party and as a means to hide donations to party. Peters, however, claims the party and foundation are separate entities and any loans to the party from the foundation had been paid back.
But on Monday, the Electoral Commission referred an investigation into the foundation to the police, which then referred it to the Serious Fraud Office.
“Based on the information available, we have formed the view that the New Zealand First Foundation has received donations which should have been treated as party donations for the New Zealand First Party,” the commission said.
“In the commission’s view, the donations were not properly transmitted to the party and not disclosed as required by the Electoral Act 1993.”
Peters welcomed the Electoral Commission’s referral and confirmed a review into its party donation arrangements would happen.
“I am advised that in all its dealings the Foundation sought outside legal advice and does not believe it has breached the Electoral Act.
“At this stage, the SFO will consider if an offence has been committed, or otherwise, and it is not appropriate to make any comment on specific detail that prejudges their investigation.”
Peters announced on Sunday he had asked his party president to prepare a police complaint over the “massive breach” of the party’s information.
“This morning I have recommended to the New Zealand First party president that she begin preparing a complaint to the police over the massive breach of New Zealand First’s party information,” he said.
“New Zealand First has so far been sensitive to the circumstances surrounding the theft of party information but can no longer tolerate the mendacious attacks against the party and its supporters.”
The Cabinet Manual dictates that Peters IS her problem:
Conduct of Ministers
2.55 A Minister of the Crown, while holding a ministerial warrant, acts in a number of different
(a) in a ministerial capacity, making decisions and determining and promoting policy
within particular portfolios;
(b) in a political capacity as a member of Parliament, representing a constituency or
particular community of interest; and
(c) in a personal capacity.
2.56 In all these roles and at all times, Ministers are expected to act lawfully and to behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards. This includes exercising a professional approach and good judgement in their interactions with the public and officials, and in all their communications, personal and professional. Ultimately, Ministers are accountable to the Prime Minister for their behaviour
As I said last week, she has to man up and kick the old fucker out. The longer she leaves it the worse it will be not only for the COl, but also the country.
Cindy needs to read the cabinet manual. I assume she can read? Maybe time for another working party at the taxpayers expense to decide what she should do?