Katrina Day

Money doesn’t buy political influence

Here’s something interesting from Hamish Rutherford

A wealthy Waikato businessman who switched allegiance from National to the Conservatives donated $750,000 to Colin Craig’s party just days before the election.

Despite a high profile campaign and polls suggesting it was close to reaching the 5 per cent support required to bring MPs into Parliament, the Conservatives polled just over 4 per cent on election day.

While party leader Craig personally donated millions to the campaign, Electoral Commission records show Laurence and Katrina Day made two donations totalling $750,000 – on September 12 and 15. That brought their total since April 2013 to $1.425 million.

A long time supporter of the National Party who was chairman of the Hamilton East electorate for four years, Laurence Day switched his support to the Conservatives over its plan to make referendums binding on the government if backed by two-thirds of the voters. He did not return requests for comment last night.

The story of the Days and their departure from the National party is one that is still to be told one day.    Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.