Another NZ First donation controversy

Last week Winston Peters blasted the announcement of New Zealand People’s Party being set up by immigrants. He claimed they were a front for the National Party. But Peters has been busted by NewsHub.

Revealed: Winston Peters in $3k Indian donation controversy

The headline is inaccurate, it wasn’t an ‘Indian donation’, it was made in New Zealand presumably by a new Zealand citizen.

Winston Peters is caught up in a donations controversy after his New Zealand First party took $3000 from the founder of the new immigrant-focused People’s Party.

Newshub can reveal the money was taken after Mr Peters met with Indian businessman Roshan Nauhria over dinner at Auckland’s India Gate restaurant in the days before the 2014 election

On Saturday, Mr Peters told TV3’s The Nation that the People’s Party was “a National Party front”.

“The person that was the spokesperson and the temporary leader for that party just at a recent raffle for fundraising for the National Party offered $20,000 in a bid for the Prime Minister to have breakfast at his place. He got beaten by a bid of $27,000. This is a National Party front,” Mr Peters said.

But Mr Nauria subsequently said he had given a donation to NZ First, accusing Mr Peters of hypocrisy.

Busted. But Peters is denying being involved in receiving the cheque (but hasn’t denied NZ First receiving it).

Asked about Mr Nauhria’s donation, Mr Peters initial response was to say: “Okay well, if that’s the case he’ll show you a receipt won’t he? Has he shown you the receipt?

The number one thing you need to do is show me the evidence not just come along and repeat an allegation and think you are going to slide past it like that – that won’t do.”

It’s worth repeating “The number one thing you need to do is show me the evidence not just come along and repeat an allegation and think you are going to slide past it like that” – that’s the sort of thing that Peters has often done. Except that he often fails to produce evidence, while Newshub have a copy of the cheque.

However, Mr Peters did not deny a donation was given, saying: “he may have given it to somebody else at the meeting and I have been to the restaurant, that’s true, and a group of Indian people wanted to talk to me, that’s a fact, but as for anything else – that would be in the knowledge of someone else but not me.”

Even if Nauhria is not correct in saying he gave the cheque personally to Peters (Peters has been found out in the past on fibbing about a donation from own Glenn) this is a bit awkward for Peters and for NZ First.

WinstonDonationNewshub

He wasn’t a happy looking chap.

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25 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  5th September 2016

    Winnie in the Poo.

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  5th September 2016

    He can’t have realised what it sounded like when he said that he didn’t take cheques, it all went into his pocket . Or did I hear this wrong ?

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  3. Tipene

     /  5th September 2016

    Just because NZ First received a donation from the (future at the time) Leader of the Peoples Party, doesn’t mean that NZ Firsts leader has to agree with the Leader of the Peoples Party, or with the rationale of the People’s party formation.

    Can anyone spell “beat-up”?

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  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  5th September 2016

    How literally does one take the ‘gave it personally’ ? It could have been made out to WP. I somehow think it will be alpha and omega.

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  5. Zedd

     /  5th September 2016

    Winston is not the only party leader, who suffers BRAIN-FADE.. (ie Key, on a VERY regular basis!) 😀

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    • Corky

       /  5th September 2016

      Key can suffer whatever he likes now, Zedd. Get ready for your eyes to water.

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  6. duperez

     /  5th September 2016

    Maybe Peters think that the more he comes up looking like a weasly, sly dog liar the more he will appear Prime Ministerial.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  5th September 2016

      Winston’s strength has always been that he is far too smart to believe what he says.

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  7. As for Winnie – it ain’t proved I tell ya!!! Clean as a whistle and all above board and ship shape like the Racing Industry and the Fishing Industry….

    Hoist by his own little bomb like device!!

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  8. Kerry

     /  5th September 2016

    Paddy Gower relentlessly annihilated Winny on the news tonight it was a beautiful thing.

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  9. patupaiarehe

     /  5th September 2016

    Oh puhleez!!!

    It’s worth repeating “The number one thing you need to do is show me the evidence not just come along and repeat an allegation and think you are going to slide past it like that” – that’s the sort of thing that Peters has often done. Except that he often fails to produce evidence, while Newshub have a copy of the cheque.

    They certainly do, I saw it on the news. Which begs the question, “Where did they get it from???”. Was it photocopied before being handed over, or did a disgruntled NZFirst staffer quickly sneak it into the photocopier on the way to the bank…. I suspect the former, meaning that the ‘donation’ was always intended to be used to embarrass Winston at some point in the future…. $3,000 is chump change to Mr Nauhria, he was prepared to throw nearly 7x this amount away for a breakfast with JK…. Dirty politics, anyone?
    Of course Pete, Kitty, and Alan see nothing here, other than Winston telling lies. May I politely suggest that you three remove your ‘blinkers’…. 😛

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    • “Dirty politics, anyone?”

      How many times has Winston accusations at opponents without fronting up with evidence? What goes round comes round.

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      • patupaiarehe

         /  5th September 2016

        @PG

        Last week Winston Peters blasted the announcement of New Zealand People’s Party being set up by immigrants. He claimed they were a front for the National Party

        That quote is from the post above. So is the following one…

        “The person that was the spokesperson and the temporary leader for that party just at a recent raffle for fundraising for the National Party offered $20,000 in a bid for the Prime Minister to have breakfast at his place. He got beaten by a bid of $27,000. This is a National Party front,” Mr Peters said.

        Accusations without evidence? I don’t hear anyone disputing that bid being made at the ‘charity auction’….

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  5th September 2016

      There’s nothing new or interesting about Winnie telling porkies. The fun is the hypocrisy of taking money from the immigrants he loves beating up.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  5th September 2016

        As for the cheque, it was routine in Canada when I lived there for the banks to return the cashed cheque to the issuer after payment. Maybe this bank did the same?

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        • patupaiarehe

           /  5th September 2016

          In Canada maybe, but out of the hundreds of cheques I have written in NZ, I have yet to see one again. I’m sure the bank would happily do this though, if I asked them to

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    • Kerry

       /  5th September 2016

      Roshan Nauhria gave a copy of the cheque to NewsHub, a copy he requested from his bank.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  5th September 2016

        Yes, that seems the obvious explanation. Winnie, be careful who you beat up. Especially donors!

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  10. Iceberg

     /  5th September 2016

    This morning I ranked him 2nd to Taito Phillip Field on the corrupt scale. I’d just like to apologise for the lowly ranking made in haste.

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  11. Pete Kane

     /  6th September 2016

    He really can be his own worst enemy times. Simply something along the lines of ” I wasn’t aware of that (or couldn’t recall) but if he did we are very grateful and hope Mr N regains that same level insight” , you get the gist.

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