Peters files legal action over super overpayment leak

Winston Peters has filed  new papers over the alleged leak of his superannuation overpayments, seeking $450,000.

He has dropped journalists  Tim Murphy and Lloyd Burr from the action, as well as Bill English, Steven Joyce, former PM chief of staff Wayne Eagleson, National Party staffer Clark Hennessey and former Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley.

He has added two public servants.

ODT (NZME):  Peters back to court over super payment

…Winston Peters has begun new legal action seeking $450,000 for alleged breach of privacy in relation to the leaking of details of his superannuation overpayment, including against the Ministry of Social Development.

He is going after the chief executive of the Ministry of Social Development, Brendan Boyle, State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes, the Attorney-General on behalf of the Ministry of Social Development and Paula Bennett, the former National State Services Minister.

Hughes and the Ministry of Social Development are new targets in Peters’ legal action.

The timing of Peters’ action is extraordinary given that he about to become Acting Prime Minister in the next week or so when Jacinda Ardern takes leave to have her baby.

All targets of his action are entitled to apply to the Cabinet to have their legal fees paid – the Cabinet which Peters will be leading.

The whole thing is extraordinary.


  1. duperez

     /  June 11, 2018

    Certainly is extraordinary when personal information which should be absolutely confidential, make it into media headlines.

    • And when accusations are made against a range of people, legal action is taken against them, and then dropped presumably because theirs no evidence they did anything wrong.

      • duperez

         /  June 11, 2018

        I knew what you were getting at. Of course there are even more things extraordinary about the situation than what we have submitted.

  2. Blazer

     /  June 11, 2018

    the prime suspect imo is pie op Paula…her unconvincing….’I knew I would be asked about it’…before she…was.. is really suss,and she has the form on the board for breaching…privacy.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 12, 2018

      believe that…you’ll believe ….anything! 🙂

  3. lurcher1948

     /  June 11, 2018

    Sue their butts off Winston,but target Paula B take her to the cleaners and make her “zip it up sweetie”

  4. Trevors_elbow

     /  June 11, 2018

    Civil Servants…. oh dear Winston… oh dear….. you better be right or you are buy a whole world of problems with the public service

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 12, 2018

      If it blows up in his face when Miss Ardern’s away, that will be interesting . She may have to rethink all her bright and breezy talk about how she can do both things.

      A major crisis of any kind and a new baby would be a recipe for disaster. She may have to decide which she wants to be, a mother of a new baby or a PM. I can’t see how anyone can be both, unless she’s carried by the other PMs.

  5. kiwidave

     /  June 11, 2018

    As usual, the long-suffering taxpayer picks up all the costs for the Yuge Ego of the old age pensioner known as Peters. I presume that would also include the $450000 if someone was found to be the leaker?

    • Blazer

       /  June 12, 2018

      Coleman jumping after an election cost..over $1mil,didn’t hear you squealing.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 12, 2018

        My Life in Politics by Euge Ego.

  6. High Flying Duck

     /  June 12, 2018

  7. Zedd

     /  June 12, 2018

    looks like Paula could be on her ‘second strike’; Meth house debacle & now this.. 😀