Electoral Commission investigating pro-NZ First advertising

The Electoral Commission is investigating pro-NZ First advertising during the election that was not declared by the party in their returns.

RNZ: Electoral Commission looking into ad in horse racing mag

The Electoral Commission is looking into an ad placed by the horse racing stalwart Sir Patrick Hogan during last year’s election campaign.

The ad, in the racing industry publication The Informant last Septemberurged people to party vote New Zealand First because of its leader Winston Peters’ support for the racing industry.

The Electoral Act requires people who take out ads promoting a political party during an election campaign to have the party’s permission.

New Zealand First said its party secretary did not authorise any third party advertisements.

And NZ First did not declare this advertising in their electoral return.

Otago University public law professor Andrew Geddis said if Sir Patrick did not have the necessary authorisation he may have committed an illegal practice and could be fined up to $10,000.

The Commission has not had a great record trying to enforce electoral law so I wouldn’t expect much from this.

But Hogan and the racing industry got what they may have expected from Peters – a special tax break for horse breeders. Last week’s budget allocate $5 million on tax deductions “for the costs of high quality horses acquired with the intention to breed” if it is a stand out yearling “that commands attention by virtue of its bloodlines, looks and racing potential”.

It wasn’t made clear whether the Minister for Racing would personally judge the quality and looks of yearlings.

See  Peters and a handsome horse called Neoliberalism.

15 Comments

  1. David

     /  May 22, 2018

    Peters is a very effective MP and epitomizes the fabulous workings of MMP in action and that is without mentioning his contribution to keeping MPs honest with his long spotlighting of dirty deals.
    On a different note after his successful halt of the Kermadec sanctuary NZ has now withdrawn support of the long negotiated protection of the slow growing orange roughy fishery. All the industry had to do was meet with the Minister and explain things from their perspective and job done, the epitome of a very effective MP and one not behoden to the big end of town.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  May 22, 2018

      Are you being serious or sarcastic?

      • David

         /  May 22, 2018

        Neither, I was channeling Blazer.

  2. Gezza

     /  May 22, 2018

    The Electoral Commission is looking into an ad placed by the horse racing stalwart Sir Patrick Hogan during last year’s election campaign.

    The ad, in the racing industry publication The Informant last September, urged people to party vote New Zealand First because of its leader Winston Peters’ support for the racing industry.

    This would have a voting readership of, what – 4 dozen?
    Storm in a whisky glass.

    • “PRINT and ONLINE advertising opportunities available with The Informant. Contact us now to find out how you can reach an audience of 45,000 each month.”

      https://theinformant.co.nz/website/Information/advertise

      NZ first votes in 2017 – 186,706 (7.20%)

    • artcroft

       /  May 22, 2018

      While Patrick’s add said vote I think his wealthy readers would have realised he meant donate.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 22, 2018

        Patrick Hogan should have had more sense, and so should the magazine editor. They must know that political ads have to be authorised by the party,

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 22, 2018

          Sorry, PDTs, but they do. Have a look at one. It will be at the bottom of the ad…’authorised by XYZ of the ABC Party,’

  3. More of the same from Peters and associates.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 22, 2018

      There was a real hoohah when the Brethren dropped Don Brash in it with their flyers without bothering to consult him. The answer would have been a polite but definite NO.

      Surely everyone knows that these things have to be authorised by the party (secretary ?)

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 22, 2018

        (pouts) You had more downticks than me.

        Winston Peters wil be in a cleft stick. He either looks ungrateful or looks as if he thinks that the laws about this are not important.

        It’s most unfortunate that it was where it was.

  4. Gerrit

     /  May 22, 2018

    Greens must be getting peefed off with Winston Peters by now.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104082934/government-dfrops-plan-to-restrict-deep-sea-trawling-protect-orange-roughy

    If National had signed off on this the Greens would be up in arms and calling for resignations off the relevent ministers.

    Instead we get Marama Davidson and racist policies.

    How the mighty Green party has fallen.

    • Blazer

       /  May 22, 2018

      ‘How the mighty Green party has fallen.’..??

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