John Banks

Banks retrial complete waste of money

John Banks is to face re-trial with the Solicitor-General recommending proceeding to trial.

Former Act Party leader John Banks will face a retrial for filing a false electoral return, Solicitor-General Mike Heron, QC, has confirmed.

Mr Banks was convicted in the High Court last year after not disclosing donations from internet mogul Kim Dotcom to his Auckland mayoralty campaign in 2010.

Last November the Court of Appeal overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial.

But the decision had to be confirmed by the Solicitor-General. Last night, a Crown Law spokeswoman said Mr Heron had made that decision.

No date has been set. The issue will go to the High Court in Auckland on Tuesday.

Neither Mr Banks or his lawyer, David Jones, QC, could be reached for comment last night.   Read more »

Boag snatch to fund Sky City blowout?

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There’s a new candidate for who is paying Michelle “The Boagan” Boag and her offsider Cedric “Senile” Allan for their campaign to snatch $2.1 billion in Vector shares from the people of Auckland and South Auckland to give to Lyin’ Len Brown’s council.

Whaleoil still doesn’t quite believe it but it’s overloading the tipline so here goes: The theory is it’s SkyCity casino. Here’s why it could be true.

Since Friday SkyCity has been saying it needs another $130 million from the government to build its new National Convention Centre. Or else it’ll pull out of the deal. The government has to make the SkyCity deal work because all the rest of its convention centre plan is falling apart.

Steven Joyce seems to be saying he’ll open up some of his trough but not for the full $130 million and wants Auckland ratepayers to front up with the rest.  

In a world first, everyone from Lyin’ Len to Dick Quax have lined up and told Joyce to shove it. (The one exception is Cameron “Mr Fiscal Responsibility” Brewer who sounds like he’s had too many nights in the SkyCity corporate box.) Read more »

Who is paying for the Boagan’s $2.1 BILLION snatch?

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Everyone smart is running a mile from Michelle “The Boagan” Boag’s plan to snatch $2.1 billion in Vector shares from Aucklanders and South Aucklanders to give to Lyin’ Len Brown for him to build his trainset.

But one question is still be to explored. Who is paying The Boagan, 60? And who is paying her offsider Cedric “Senile” Allan, 102?

These people don’t do anything for free. The Boagan even got Doug Myers to pay her when she was running for National Party President.

The tipline is running hot with theories. Read more »

The Boagan signs up Brian “Opinion-for-Hire” Rudman

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By now, regular readers will know all about Michelle “The Boagan” Boag’s campaign to steal $2.1 billion from the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust to give to her new friend Lyin’ Len Brown so he can build his trainset a bit earlier than planned.

But remember, this is The Boagan we’re dealing with here. Her campaign is going about as well as when she got caught videoing the Winebox Inquiry, or when she made Bill English leader of the National Party, or the Blackheart America’s Cup fiasco, or her “help” in John Banks’ mayoral campaign …

If The Boagan’s involved you don’t have to wait long for a fiasco.

And so it has happened again.

Of the original Ten Dwarfs, The Boagan recruited to her $2.1 billion snatch, it turns out some didn’t even know they were meant to be involved.

The original Ten Dwarfs were:

  1. Kim Campbell – from the Employers’ and Manufacturer’s Association
  2. Michael Barnett – from the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce
  3. Tony Garnier – from the Auckland Business Forum
  4. Stephen Selwood – from the NZ Council for Infrastructure Development
  5. Barney Irvine – from the Automobile Association
  6. David Aitken – from the National Road Carriers Association
  7. Heather Shotter – Committee for Auckland
  8. Cameron Pitchers – from the Campaign for Better Transport
  9. Connall Townsend – from the NZ Property Council
  10. Jeremy Sole – NZ Contractors Federation

Whaleoil’s spy at the big meeting to plan The Boagan’s campaign say as soon as they got wind of what she planned, Barney Irvine, Connall Townsend, David Aitkin and Jeremy Sole decided not even to show up.

Tony Garnier did show up but made clear he was there only to listen and wasn’t signing up to anything. Stephen Selwood turned up and spoke strongly against The Boagan’s $2.1 billion snatch.

Now the tipline is running hot with news Michael Barnett of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce had his eye off the ball and didn’t really know how he was being used by The Boagan. His board is furious. They knew nothing about the snatch.

Even the Boagan’s old winebox mates at Russell McVeagh weren’t impressed either when they found out they were being asked to unleash the legal dogs of war against AECT.    Read more »

NZ Herald still not giving up on Dotcom

It’s quite the sausagefest over at the Herald, and they have jumped at the chance to defend Kim Dotcom, in an article they titled “John Banks’ wife’s obsessive detective work”.  (Double apostrophe bonus!)

Writes Vlad, one of our Whaleoil commenters:

I see that Dotcom is spinning like a top about this, and the Herald is of course eagerly publishing his bluster:

But Dotcom this afternoon told the Herald: “I’m just shaking my over John Banks.[SIC] I just don’t understand how he thinks this is going to change things.”

He said the meeting with the American businessmen took place “a couple of days before the donation meeting”.

“I think the meetings with the Americans was either on the 5th or 6th (of June 2010) and the meeting with the donations was I believe on the 9th.”

The problem for KDC and the Herald’s repeater is that this has already been considered by the Court of Appeal – this is what the judgement says: Read more »

The Queen v Banks: the highlights

The full judgement can be found at the bottom, but here are the highlights.

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It’s John Banks’ turn to expose Kim Dotcom

Lawyers for former Epsom MP John Banks will appeal his conviction for filing a false electoral declaration today.

Banks says he has new evidence that will clear him. Read more »

Kim Dotcom, Mona Dotcom and alleged perjury

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The Judge didn’t believe John and Mrs Banks, instead choosing to believe a convicted fraudster and  his wife.   John Banks has consistently claimed that there were others present, but the judge essentially labelled the Bank’s liars.

A meeting at Kim Dotcom’s mansion during which electoral donations were discussed is likely to be revisited in John Banks’ court case.

The evidence of two American businessmen, said to be at the event where Mr Banks is said to have asked for donations to be split into two, will be presented to help the former MP’s appeal.

Earlier this year the former MP was convicted under Electoral Act charges but his sentence, delivered last month, has been deferred pending appeal. Read more »

McCready’s latest political stunt fails

Convicted fraudster, blackmailer, tax cheat and serial litigant, Graham McCready’s latest political stunt has failed for lack of evidence.

He is essentially wasting court time and taxpayers resources. He should be hammered for costs now every time he appears in court.

An attempt to prosecute the Prime Minister and a top policeman over the mayoral donations fiasco has been thrown out after a judge ruled a Leonardo DiCaprio movie wasn’t compelling evidence.

Private prosecutor Graham McCready, who last month claimed the scalp of former Auckland mayor and ex-police minister John Banks, has promised to fight the new decision from Judge Russell Collins, which was released to the Herald on Sunday.

McCready successfully prosecuted Banks for filing a false electoral return during the 2010 Auckland mayoral campaign. That case related to Banks’ receipt of two $25,000 donations from controversial internet mogul Kim Dotcom.

Banks was convicted, and sentenced for falsely filing an electoral but plans to appeal.

McCready wanted to prosecute Key and police inspector Mark Benefield. He presented 16 charging documents to Auckland District Court but Judge Collins said there was nowhere near enough evidence to proceed.    Read more »

Ass Nasty Lolly Stealer is trying to frame the argument

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She knows what’s coming her way with the investigation into her alleged use of police resources for political purposes.  So why not start acting the victim now, and throw yourself into the same pile as one of New Zealand’s worst offenders of political corruption.

Because Taito wasn’t guilty, just like her.

This won’t end well for Asenati, mark my words.   She could be looking at jail time herself.