The Hive adds even more to Winston with an analysis of the funders of the party in 1996.
In reading this list you will note an unusual concentration of conservative Maori interests and fisheries interests listed as donors:
Questions for journalists to follow up:
Were these donations made before or after NZ First gave Labour the cold shoulder? Were there ever any discussions between these donors and NZ First over which way NZ First would swing in the post election Government forming process?
Was there any link with the Fisheries Act that also went through in 1996?
After the election was there any payback in terms of quota allocation? What happened at payback time – to quote the great leader?
What about Winston’s about face between 2001 and 2003 on Scampi?