March 05, 2014
Brazen it out says Peters
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is defending David Cunliffe over his use of a trust to raise money for the Labour leadership election.
Mr Peters’ own use of trusts to raise anonymous donations towards legal costs was the subject of controversy before the 2008 election.
Mr Cunliffe says his use of a trust was a mistake, and he will return the donations of anyone who wants to remain anonymous.
Mr Peters says the Labour leader acted within the law.
"Why he’s come out now and said he’s going to pay some of it back I don’t know. The National Party is being totally hypocritical. I know more about the National Party and its background than John Key will ever know."
"The reality was as a frontliner in the National Party I can recall the Waitemata Trust which was a secret fund, never declared any of its donations to the public, and now they are standing around saying they are innocent of all this stuff. Absolute humbug."
"They have $10,000 per table dinner meetings as a way of hiding donations. Often the people that put the $10,000 up don’t even bother to turn up," he says.
Winston Peters says David Cunliffe should have faced down the media and insisted he had done nothing illegal.
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