Sep 4, 2008

Hide Lays Formal Complaint With The Police

More pressure on NZ First tonight. Hide has lodged a complaint with the Police. This from NZ Herald website

Act leader Rodney Hide has laid a complaint with police over allegations New Zealand First broke the law when it failed to declare donations over $10,000 in 2007.
The Electoral Commission was waiting to hear from New Zealand First before taking action. A commission spokesman confirmed that anyone could lodge a complaint with police.
Donations to the party are already being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office, after a complaint from Mr Hide. Parliament's select committee is looking at a separate question around a $100,000 donation to pay for NZ First leader Winston Peters' legal fees.
NZ First has admitted breaking the law in 2005 by failing to declare a $50,000 donation from the Spencer Trust, but cannot be prosecuted because it is outside a six month statute of limitations.
Trustee Grant Currie said the Spencer Trust had also channelled more than $10,000 to NZ First in 2006 and 2007, despite the party declaring "nil" returns.
Party secretary Anne Martin said she signed the nil declaration for 2007 believing it was correct.