The PM/lawyer/trust story

NZ Herald and One News are making a big thing of a story about John Key, his lawyer (who  is apparently is not a lawyer any more), the Antipodes trust company and lobbying.

One News: John Key’s lawyer’s involvement in lobbying government over tax laws revealed

John Key’s personal lawyer lobbied the Government not to change the controversial tax laws.

This is the latest twist in the Panama Papers saga – and it’s raising more questions for the Prime Minister and the role of his lawyer Ken Whitney.

Earlier this month Mr Key shrugged off the revelation that he had a cash deposit with Antipodes Trust, a company that specialises in foreign trusts. His office explained this away by saying the deposit was lodged with Mr Whitney, who had recently moved firms to the Antipodes Trust.

However, Companies House documents show that Mr Whitney has been involved with the firm since its inception more than 20 years ago.

And Official Information Act document also reveals that Mr Whitney and the Antipodes Trust were heavily involved in lobbying the Government not to change the controversial tax rules.

NZ Herald: The Antipodes email: The PM, his lawyer and foreign trusts

John Key’s personal lawyer cited a conversation with the Prime Minister when lobbying a Minister about a potential crackdown on the lucrative foreign trust industry.

Time and analysis will show whether there is anything significant or damaging to Key in this story.

There’s another interesting aspect to the story – it appears to have been provided to selected news outlets, One News, the Herald and Radio NZ, and not given to Newshub or Stuff, at least not initially.

Giving one or some media outlets news, in this case one print, one television and one radio outlet, is a technique used to get those outlets to give the news more prominence as an ‘exclusive’ .


The story came from the Greens, who clearly decided to share w tvnz, rnz & herald.

Clearly from Greens – are you saying that was shut out?

Anybody there from Greens – was shut out from story?

it seems fairly obviously it was provided first to Tvnz over tv3 like it was to Herald over stuff


So its just a queue waiting for a press release? Sad.

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18 Comments

  1. Pantsdownbrown

     /  28th April 2016

    It’s almost getting tiresome with all these opposition ‘conspiracies’ that after a couple of days are discredited and forgotten………..

    In this case we have;

    *Key’s lawyer asks Key during one of their personal meetings about a proposed tax law change being mooted by government.
    *Key directs his lawyer to the minister involved in looking at a possible change.
    *Lawyer lobbies said minister saying he disagrees with the proposed law change.
    *No doubt other people lobby the same minister for & against proposed change.
    *Minister decides not to progress with any change.

    All this is pretty normal political behaviour.

    I can’t wait till the next enthralling installment in this saga………..

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  2. Blazer

     /  28th April 2016

    of course its tiresome…the top 10% use blind trusts,tax havens and every and any device to avoid paying tax…whats wrong with that?Absolutely nothing, you jealous,envious losers.Why can’t you be more positive and understand we are winners and you are ..losers!

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    • Iceberg

       /  28th April 2016

      “and every and any device to avoid paying tax”

      What evidence and/or examples do you have of that?

      Are you aware of what percentage of tax in NZ is paid by the top 10%. You may find that it doesn’t suit your nonsense narrative.

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      • Gezza

         /  28th April 2016

        What percentage of tax in NZ is paid by the top 10%?

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        • Pantsdownbrown

           /  28th April 2016

          In terms of ‘net tax’ in 2011 the top 10% in New Zealand paid 71% of all income tax collected.

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        • Gezza

           /  28th April 2016

          Cheers PDB.

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          • jamie

             /  28th April 2016

            Don’t get too excited. Actual figure is 46%

            http://pundit.co.nz/content/tax-burdens-some-facts-for-a-change

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            • Iceberg

               /  29th April 2016

              It’s irrelevant. The contention was that the “top 10%” do everything they can to avoid paying tax. They’re wealthy so they are evil. All citizens do everything they can to avoid paying more tax than they have to.

            • Pantsdownbrown

               /  29th April 2016

              We could all come up with different figures (no doubt the top 10% raise a lot more company tax for instance than others might) but lets just safely say the top 10% pay half of all tax in New Zealand – hardly a ‘token’ amount.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  29th April 2016

              Actually 29% of net tax is what you would have left if you pissed the top 10% off enough to leave the country.

          • Gezza

             /  28th April 2016

            … and cheers jamie.

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    • Dougal

       /  29th April 2016

      As usual, no facts to back up your “theory” just more of the same…Blazed!

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    • Corky

       /  29th April 2016

      Blazer, watching you take a beat every time you post is also tiresome. Try harder. You are a disgrace to Trolldom.

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  3. alloytoo

     /  29th April 2016

    Interesting how the Greens released this story the day after their parliamentary travel costs were released.

    Dirty politics, different when the left do it, too obvious.

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  4. Hand basket

     /  29th April 2016

    Hang on when the Nats do this they call it dirty politics.
    Key must be sick of people dumping his name everywhere by now. His lawyer sounds like a tool but he’s got every right to lobby a Minister as he did.

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