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 Peters met with Indian businessman Rohan Nauhria over dinner at Auckland’s India Gate restaurant in the days before the 2014 election.
So what? A politician has dinner, and he takes a donation. The party has accounted for it. End of story. All above board and legal.
The donation is politically embarrassing for Mr Peters because he has been attacking the People’s Party as “race-based”, and personally criticising its acting leader Mr Nauhria for trying to donate money to John Key’s National Party.
Oh. Politically embarrassing! Awesome. As if that makes a difference.
Newshub has obtained a copy the $3000 cheque Mr Nauhria made out to NZ First.
Mr Nauhria says he handed the cheque to Mr Peters, who put it in his pocket – which Mr Peters refutes.
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.
I don’t know why anyone tries to put a hit on Winston. Although the day the wily old fox does slip up, it will be a public signal to call it quits.
In the meantime, the People’s party are clearly trying to buy influence. In a very Indian way.
– Jenny Lynch, Newhub