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John Banks to stand trial

Written By: - Date published: 3:14 pm, October 16th, 2013 - 120 comments
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Judge Gittos has ruled that the private prosecution against John Banks is to proceed.  I understand the  Judge says that the issue at trial is whether Banks closed his eyes to the obvious and that the evidence shows an apparent intention of Banks to treat Kim Dotcom’s donations as anonymous when clearly they were not.

The Herald has reported on the evidence adduced.

The decision came after hearing yesterday during which internet mogul Kim Dotcom gave evidence that he was offended when told Banks wanted his $50,000 mayoral campaign donation to be anonymous.

Mr Dotcom said he was asked to split his donation into two anonymous $25,000 cheques.

“My reaction at first was I asked him why and I kind of felt offended,” he told the court.

Mr Dotcom also confirmed Banks was flown in his private helicopter from Mechanics Bay in central Auckland to the Dotcom mansion in Coatesville in 2010.

Mr Dotcom’s head of security Wayne Tempero also gave evidence of being present on the helicopter flight, and at a meeting in Coatesville when the two $25,000 cheques were discussed.

Possibly of greater concern for Banks will be the evidence of SkyCity boss Nigel Morrison who told the court of handing Banks a cheque in an envelope at a meeting in 2010.  This donation was handed over during a 10-minute meeting in Mr Morrison’s office.

As Mike Smith has pointed out this evidence is hard to reconcile with Banks telling Key that he could not remember receiving donations from Dotcom and SkyCity.

Either Banks’ memory is in terrible shape or he is telling fibs.  Either way he should be no longer in Cabinet.

UPDATE: TV3 is reporting that Banks looks set to be stood down as a minister.

Prime Minister John Key says he will read the court judgment and speak to Mr Banks before announcing a decision on his future this afternoon.

This could be a long 12 months for Banks and for Key.

Update: Banks has stood down from his Ministerial portfolios – will remain as an ACT MP

120 comments on “John Banks to stand trial”

  1. Tiger Mountain 1

    I know nothink! Banksie bye, bye.

  2. Enough is Enough 2

    Snap Election here we come

    • weka 2.1

      Why? Banks can be stood down as a Minister, and presumably his party can drop his membership, but no-one can fire him from being an MP.

      A timeframe on the court-case would be useful. I assume NACT will play for time and say he is not guilty.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        but no-one can fire him from being an MP.

        Actually, if the case carries a maximum sentence of two years jail or more then Banks will be kicked out of parliament. That’s the maximum sentence, he doesn’t have to receive that long a sentence.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1

          Spot on

        • weka 2.1.1.3

          You mean if he is found guilty? Or that if a charge is brought that has a maximum sentence of two years or more?

          I was meaning at the moment. I thought Enough was saying that Banks having a prosecution against him would mean a snap election now.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.3.1

            Yes, if found guilty which going to take awhile because Banks will be appealing every chance he’s got.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.3.1.1

              What does the electoral legislation say?

              Found guilty is found guilty right? Does it say found guilty subject to no appeals remaining?

              • Draco T Bastard

                An appeal is a stay upon the execution of the sentence. As long as an appeal is outstanding then sentence doesn’t apply. This has nothing to do with electoral law.

                At least, that’s as I understand it.

                • the pigman

                  The issue is that he will attempt to appeal every single aspect of the process along the way, quite apart from the final verdict once the case actually reaches trial. So as I understand it the substantive hearing on whether he committed the offences is due to begin in December, but prior to that (and at the last possible moment, most likely) Banks will appeal the decision to commit him to trial.

                  Leave of the court will probably be required to appeal the various procedural decisions made along the way, but one expects that Banks will attempt to delay delay delay to stop the case actually going to trial before Election 2014, and that if a guilty verdict is reached, he will then appeal that too.

      • Enough is Enough 2.1.2

        Wrong and Incorrect.

        Engage mind before ststing untruths

  3. Good job. Is there a book big enough to throw at him? I hope so.

  4. karol 4

    Does this mean that Banks should be stood down as a minister?

    Turei is saying Banks should abstain from NZICC SkyCity Bill due to possible conflict of interest.

    • tc 4.1

      Nope leave him there to remind folks the rancid nature of this cronyism elitist bunch sitting atop our nation.

      KDC will move on to the smiling assassin next.

    • Tigger 4.2

      There is clear conflict here. Even if not stood down, he should not vote.

  5. Anne 5

    As far as I can tell the police were in receipt of exactly the same information a year or more ago, yet they ruled that “there was insufficient evidence to prosecute John Banks”. I see it as further evidence that the police treat certain politicians differently to other people. In other words, if your a NAct pollie we will cover for you…

    • sockpuppet 5.1

      As far as I can tell the police were in receipt of exactly the same information a year or more ago, yet they ruled that “there was insufficient evidence to prosecute John Banks”. I see it as further evidence that the police treat politicians differently to other people. In other words, if your a NAct or Labour pollie we will cover for you…

      FIFY

    • Richard Christie 5.2

      @Anne 3.29pm

      the police were in receipt of exactly the same information a year or more ago, yet they ruled that “there was insufficient evidence to prosecute John Banks”. I see it as further evidence that the police treat certain politicians differently to other people.

      +1
      Another slap in the face for NZ police.
      It’s not just in respect to dealing with their treatment of politicians, in general, expecting and/or relying upon the police to act in good faith has almost become a thing of the past.

    • Ron 5.3

      Banks is a former Police Minister so of course he would get special treatment from Police. Apart from the fact that police seem to love the National Party. Look how many former police members are now either in local or National politics and always it seems on the right. Banks used to go out of his way to don his Trench coat and visit every crime situation he could. He was also responsible for adding 600 extra police to their staffing but of course he ripped the Traffic Police apart to achieve that increase.

      • Anne 5.3.1

        Bit ironic though he’s now been charged with an illegal offence by no less than a high court judge. If he’s found guilty – and the entire country knows he is guilty – then he’ll have a criminal record. Hilarious. Yet another nail in the credibility coffin of the NZ Police.

  6. tc 6

    Mum always said you can’t tell just one lie, you’ll need a few more to attempt plausibility.

    Watch bansky and shonkey go all ‘due process’ and ‘matter for the courts’ on this.

    The hollowmen really should have chosen better then dim witted JB to parachute into the ACT brand.

  7. richard 7

    At last…

    McCready claims Banks knew the donations were not anonymous and designating them as such was against the law.

    He told the court yesterday that Banks could not distance himself from the responsibility by saying he did not read the forms.

    “If you sign a document in a public position then you are culpable,” he said

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9290636/John-Banks-to-stand-trial

  8. gobsmacked 8

    The trial will be in election year.

    Time for Key to be the smiling assassin … “Banks a first-rate Minister … loyal and hard-working … regret … unnecessary distraction … stand aside … full confidence … he’s toast”.

    If Key clings on to Banks now, Cunliffe can start redecorating the ninth floor.

    • Rogue Trooper 8.1

      Key, on Banks : “still has faith in him…a very trustworthy and credible individual” and a Hospitalier . -Brent Edwards RNZ. hmmm, peas.pod.

      • Anne 8.1.1

        Yes Rogue that was an amusing segment:

        Mary Wilson noted in a drier than usual tone that… John Key said he was relaxed about it. Brent
        Edwards replied in an even more understated way than his usual… Yes, he’s very relaxed about it. Loved it for its subtlety.

        • Rogue Trooper 8.1.1.1

          yes, some inciteful (sic) listening to be had at times. I don’t have Freeview at the mo’ so I catch the noon and evening segments to break the silence briefly. Sometimes some interesting academic topics discussed in the later evening.

    • Jim Nald 8.2

      Key’s government now feels distinctly like it is terminal.

  9. Tracey 9

    “Mr Field has been suspended on full pay while police investigate allegations against him that he accepted cheap labour on his properties from people he helped with immigration.”

    I’m sure this Judge and the one before him have got it all wrong, they just need Mr Key to set them straight on the legalities of it all.

  10. ianmac 10

    Given the arrest of Zim Dotcom and the refusal of Mr Banks to assist him while in prison, there is now a certain irony in Mr Banks now facing the long arm of the law and possible destruction of his credibility and his role as ACT MP.
    What goes around….

    • David H 10.1

      “possible destruction of his credibility ”

      Just a question.

      What Bloody credibility?

  11. Tracey 11

    where are all the right wingers who call for Lens head, calling for Banks’?

    • karol 11.1

      Ah. Banksie’s corruption is all about corruption of democracy. The right clearly have no problem with that. That worry more about sexual affairs.

      • Tracey 11.1.1

        😉

      • Zorr 11.1.2

        Right wingers – more concerned with erections than elections

        • Tracey 11.1.2.1

          Mr Key, commenting for the first time this afternoon on the Mayor’s sex scandal, said it was “a matter for Len Brown and his family”.

          “I’m not going to express a view on that … In the end, that’s the matter for the politician.”

          Asked whether he felt Mr Brown’s actions could destabilise council at a time when the Government was working with it on crucial housing initiatives, Mr Key said: “No, I don’t think so. In the end, Len’s got a job to do as the Mayor of Auckland.

          “He’s always worked very effectively with the Government. From the Government’s point of view, we’re interested in the things that matter to Auckland, and that is certainly housing … as is transport, and we’ll be talking to Len about those issues, not other issues.”

          He added: “I intend to work with him as the Mayor of Auckland, and in the end my job is to work with elected officials and get the job done for Auckland.”

          • Chooky 11.1.2.1.1

            For once I agree with John Key…”a matter for Len Brown and his family”…Yes!

            • felix 11.1.2.1.1.1

              Indeed Chooky.

              A more cynical commenter might suggest that Key has a fucking cheek to take such a principled stance while being leader of the party that runs the machine that employs Slater to spread this muck in the first place.

              But not me. Good on Mr Key I say.

              • Unicus

                Key admitted on TV tonight the first he knew of it was when he read it on Whale-oil . Presumably that’s his first source of public information – that or Fox .

                What a plonker .

                • karol

                  Can we get back to discussing John Banks, please?

                  There’s other threads for discussing Brown and Slater.

                  [lprent: Aye. The “or else” just sprung to mind. But so did the push the comment thread to the bottom ]

    • felix 11.2

      “where are all the right wingers who call for Lens head, calling for Banks’?”

      lolz, you make it sound like all those sockpuppets are different people.

  12. Tracey 12

    “Prime Minister John Key said he intended to read the judgement this afternoon.”

    He’s going to read something at last. Hope he reads the one that preceded it too.

    • miravox 12.1

      I reckon Key is only going to read the judgement to see if he can stretch the case out until after the SkyCity legislation passes. It’s all a little concerning for him right now, before it wasn’t. By reading it, it gives him options.

  13. Tiger Mountain 13

    Well at least “higher standards” PM Key is apparently going to at least read the court judgement unlike the NZ Police Report where Banksie squiggled out on a technicality only.

    Edit: My good manners are stretched here, Banksie is such filth and has been given such latitude over the years that his time better be up. Off the green leather benches is the least punishment the swine deserves.

  14. karol 14

    And John Banks response is the Judge is wrong to send him to trial and it’s all deny, deny, deny…….

    • Tracey 14.1

      http://thestandard.org.nz/john-banks-to-stand-trial/#comment-711056

      Didn’t Key call on Clark to sack Peters, someone from a different party?

      Key is saying he will decide this afternoon…decide waht? Didnt he say back when this began and when the police report came out that he couldnt do anything about someone in another party

      Anyone else spot the contradiction in here?

      ” Banks said the private prosecution has been “long, uphill and convoluted” and he would pursue options to avoid a trial .

      “We thought we would put the matter away today … But we haven’t. There are many more steps we can take and a number of options we can pursue ,” he said.

      “I am relaxed, from day one I told you I had nothing to fear and I have nothing to hide and in the process of time and court procedures we will put this together and then move on.”

  15. Tracey 15

    I imagine that ACT, party of personal responsibility and cutting back on government waste (spending) will announce that Banks will be suspended on NO pay…

  16. karol 16

    Interesting that an Aussie news site, Nine News, says Banks is likely to be stood down:

    John Banks, the leader of New Zealand’s ACT party, looks set to be stood down as a minister in the Key government after being ordered to stand trial for allegedly hiding the source of electoral donations.

    Also, MSM NZ News:

    John Banks’ ministerial role is on the line, with Prime Minister John Key poised to stand him down on Wednesday afternoon.

    • Murray Olsen 16.1

      They’re closer to the Crosby Textor head office. They probably knew what Key would do before he did.

  17. Tracey 17

    NO WONDER the PM has not itme to read pesky reports

    “The Prime Minister was confident that the scandal had not been publicised or generated by anyone related to the National Party.

    “I don’t have any details … the first I heard about it was when I read it on the Whale Oil blog site.”

    So Banks told the PM he would resign if he was to go to trial, last week.

    So we pay him while he clars his name and stands for Epsom… not giving up the salary Johnny??? Gonna suck on the public tit???

    • Tracey 18.1

      … and we pay him to do nothing … that’s the ACT way, one set of riles for the rich and one for the beneficiaries

  18. bad12 19

    Nice very nice, hat tip to that bloke McCready for proceeding against the odds with His private prosecution of Banks,

    And yet another brick gets a kick in what is the increasingly shaky wall of Slippery’s National Government,

    i cannot see how Banks can escape the noose that these charges are for His political career, the already convicted,(in the Wellington District Court), Banks shows a cavalier disrespect for the Law attempting to hoodwink the Court on a technical detail,

    If Banks is convicted, and how could He not be, how could He not know of the Sky City and DotCom donations which were given to Him personally, then further shame must be heaped upon the NZ Police for their abject failure not to uphold the Law by claiming their was insufficient evidence to prosecute Banks,

    Pity the case is being held in Auckland, i would love to be a spectator and to remind Banks of the advice i gave Him all those years ago when He received His first conviction…

  19. James thrace 20

    As far as I know it, if found guilty, and there is a minimum of two years imprisonment as a potential outcome, even if banks is only given a fine, the fact that he was found guilty of a crime that allowed for a minimum of two years imprisonment, he will have to leave parliament in disgrace. National won’t want to win Epsom as they will then lose their majority unless maori party sides with them on everything. It’ll be maori party or snap election…

    The jail term thing seems to be contradicted in places. Some say its a minimum, others say its a maximum. And wtf is up with banks calling it a homicide enquiry on stuff?

    • McFlock 20.1

      Yeah the homicide inquiry thing was weird:

      “This has been a very long process. It started with a complaint to police and a six month homicide inquiry by the best homicide detectives in New Zealand … and no charges were laid,” he said.

      I suspect that the only thing he’s guilty of murdering is common sense.

    • bad12 20.2

      Banks will now start various appeals to the Court which will simply eat away the time between now and November 2014,

      There is NO corruption in New Zealand,(only coz no one much is looking for it),

      Watch for these people to attempt to arrange Banks trial for the point where the Parliament is dissolved prior to the next election…

    • tamati 20.3

      Nope. If National win the by-election they gain an additional seat, so will have a majority on their own. Ironic eh?

      The only time they would have to rely on the Maori party is the time the Epsom seat is vacated.

    • Rodel 20.4

      Banks in prison? Just one day would do and please could I have a photo… or is that Schadenfreude ….Oh who cares?
      But still.. anyone who gave $50,000 to keep Banks in power has to be suspect.

      By the way Auckland.. congratulations on your choice of Mayoral candidates…

  20. Tanz 21

    what about his moral integrity, and his treatment of the poor woman?

    • ScottGN 21.1

      Do you want to discuss the matter of John Banks’ 2010 Mayoral Campaign donations or the matter of Len Brown’s 2 year affair with a C & R aligned council aspirant. They are not the same thing.

    • karol 21.2

      What about Banks’ (alleged) illegal corruption, plus his gaming of the Epsom electorate – anti-democratic and damaging to large numbers of New Zealanders?

    • Draco T Bastard 21.3

      Of topic attempt at distraction.

    • Shona 21.4

      Poor Woman ???? Conniving C**t more like. And like Wendi Deng she knows there’s no fool like an old (white) fool.

      • Colonial Viper 21.4.1

        Hey don’t hold back what you really think!!!

      • chris73 21.4.2

        Yes! Its the womens fault because as a man Len “clean yourself up” Brown is completely helpless when it comes to the opposite sex

        In fact maybe she should wear burkha to hide her looks lest other men are unable to control their base savagery

    • Te Reo Putake 21.5

      What was wrong with his treatment of the poor woman, Tanz? I’m a keen historian and I love nothing better than a quick visit to the dark, dusty corners of long forgotten Victorian morality. Is it the budget bloomers?

      • Anne 21.5.1

        Is it the budget bloomers?

        You mean like the bloomers dear old Mabel Howard held up in parliament all those years ago TRP?

        I have it on good authority they were the largest passion killers anyone had ever seen.

    • Anne 21.6

      Poor woman? You gullible fool. Have you never heard of ambitious women using sex to further their chosen path or career? It looks like this one was a silly and ignorant fool and will probably pay a price.

      To think she came within 200 odd votes of becoming one of our city mothers and making decisions on our behalf. Phew, that was a close shave.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 21.6.1

        It’s not the affair that renders her unfit for office: it’s her lack of respect for Brown’s (and his family’s) privacy, not to mention the suspicion that her fury is at least partially politically motivated.

        If his behaviour makes her think he should resign, what does that say about her own decision to seek election?

      • chris73 21.6.2

        and of course men never use their positions of power to sleaze onto young women either…

        • karol 21.6.2.1

          Please if you have further comments on the Brown issue can you take it to one of the posts on that issue. This post is about John Banks.

          • Anne 21.6.2.1.1

            Yes, sorry about that karol. I was responding to tanz’s silly comment at 22. Forgot what post I was on… not the only one it would seem. :)

            • karol 21.6.2.1.1.1

              Yeah. There seems to be a lot of righties here desperate to divert from Banks’s plight, and to keep the other issue alive as long as they can.

    • Daveosaurus 21.7

      “poor woman”?

      Have you ever heard this phrase before? “It takes two to tango”.

      • karol 21.7.1

        Can I ask people to get back to the topic of this post, please? There are other threads where the Brown issue can be discussed. Too many trools here diverting from Banks’ ethical challenges.

  21. Tony Moder 22

    National are FOO_ed on this one

  22. Slowly 23

    will this cost the Sky boss his job for going against the Key government?.

    • karol 23.1

      Well, John Key doesn’t have a say in the employment of people for SkyCity. Morrison does seem to have tried to stay neutral in his testimony.

      The real problem is that Morrison is being used to testify against Banks, while the SkyCity Bill works in favour of SkyCity. Therefore Banks should abstain from voting on it.

      Metiria Turei says:

      “SkyCity’s CEO Nigel Morrison gave evidence at Mr Banks’ preliminary hearing and will give evidence in the criminal case which has the potential to sink Mr Banks’ political career. At the same time the SkyCity bill relies on Mr Banks’ single vote to pass.

      “Its impossible not to see that John Banks will be hugely conflicted if he votes on the SkyCity Bill, the success of which is worth more than $400 million to the casino. MPs have previously abstained from voting for much less serious conflicts of interest.

      • Te Reo Putake 23.1.1

        I think Morrison’s ‘neutrality’ needs to be seen in light of Banks’s deciding vote. I’m picking he’s decided not to lie, but he’s hoping nobody will ask the right questions.

  23. Swan 24

    None of this affects his record as an mp and minister though does it?

    • Te Reo Putake 24.1

      No, I’ve always thought he was a crook, so no change there.

    • karol 24.2

      Hahhahahaha.

      Also in court yesterday, Dotcom said that Banks had asked him to split a $50,000 donation in two so that each cheque could be listed as anonymous.

      “[Banks] suggested this to me and my reaction was ‘why?’. I was offended, I don’t mind if people know [about the donations],” Dotcom told the court.

      He added that when he asked why the donations were to be listed as anonymous, Banks told him, “Kim, if I help you in the future it’s better no-one knows about your donation”.

      If Banks is willing to take money for favours, how do we know Banks isn’t promoting legislation in favour of his financial donors? e.g. The SkyCity Bill.

      • Murray Olsen 24.2.1

        More likely to be something to do with charter schools. Key would push the casino garbage through by himself.

    • emergency mike 24.3

      “None of this affects his record as an mp and minister though does it?”

      Yeah I’m sure resigning his ministerial portfolio because of fraud charges won’t affect his record as an mp and minister Swan.

  24. Slowly 25

    The body guard also recieved a phone call from Mr Banks thanking him and discribing the amount and donation.
    Mr Key has since said GCSB was recording all NZers phone calls in 2010.

  25. vto 26

    Without reading all of the above, has Banks not done what so many finance company types have done?

    …namely, rely on someone else to tell them what is in the document they are signing? And has not the court already said of finance company types that that standard is not high enough? And convicted on that? Yes the court has. And does a contestant in our electoral system not have a standard higher that of a lowly finance company type? Yes such a contestant does.

    And that is without all of the dotcom evidence being even relevant!

    Banks is gone burger.

    . . .

    add it to the pile of shit that has come out of the neoliberal pile like Pike River, the GFC, the finance company collapses, the taxpayer bailouts of money..

    another nail gets smashed into the coffin

  26. red blooded 27

    We all owe a debt if thanks to the ChCh guy who wouldn’t let go on this issue and has given the courts a chance to have their say on Banks’ dishonesty.

    Now, people of Epsom WAKE UP! Not only is this guy a crook (& his supposed Party a ragtag collection of extremist nut jobs), but the sainted John Key (who is no stranger to Banks and his flexible approach to truth and ethical standards) manipulated you into electing him as your representatives (& thereby shaming you and making you laughing stocks). These cynical powermongers have treated you like puppets. How do they really see you? Do you really want to be their enablers again, next year?

    Somehow I doubt that many readers of The Standard live in Epsom & vote NACT, but if you do, please think more carefully next time. We all got stuck with the outcome of the last cup of tea. Let’s make sure it was the last one.

  27. Did my little bit to help – was asked by Graham McCready and managed to successfully serve the four witness summonses which got Kim Dotcom’s lawyer, Kim Dotcom’s bodyguard, Kim Dotcom and the CEO of Sky City into Court.

    Dodgy John has gone Dotcom – as Minister, and, about time!

    Next, as an MP…..

    Well done Graham McCready.

    Good job!

    Pretty sad state of affairs when a concerned citizen has to take a private prosecution, after the Police ‘drop the ball’.

    Seems that sitting MPs are effectively a ‘protected species’, especially when they hold the balance of power in this ‘shonky’ Government?

    Remember this?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11139805

    Banks’ lawyer: McCready no-show ‘hopeless’

    By Heather McCracken
    10:38 AM Monday Oct 14, 2013 ✩Save

    John Banks will return to Auckland District Court tomorrow to face a private prosecution over a charge of filing a false election return.

    The matter was adjourned today after the man taking the prosecution, Graham McCready, was stranded in Wellington airport after his flight was cancelled due to bad weather.

    Banks’ lawyer David Jones, QC, told the court the no-show was “hopeless and unacceptable”.

    He said flights had been able to leave Wellington this morning, but Mr McCready had chosen to rebook on a flight tonight.”
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    As if Graham McCready can control the weather – give me a break…

    I took great delight today, at the Auckland District Court, after the Judge announced that (the ‘Not-So-Honorable’) John Banks was going to trial, in approaching his lawyer, David Jones QC, and saying:

    “It seems that Graham McCready is not as ‘hopeless’ as some of you would have liked him to be.”

    Yesterday, outside the Auckland District Court, John Banks made the comment to me “You lost again” ( apparently making reference to the recent Auckland Mayoral election.

    So, must say I also rather enjoyed saying to John Banks, today as the Auckland District was clearing, “You lost again John”.

    Seems that no matter how highly paid your lawyer, it is actually not always possible to turn legal ‘goat shit into honey’?

    (As it were)

    Funny stuff – this ‘karma’…..

    Cheers!

    Penny Bright.

  28. Swan 29

    “If Banks is willing to take money for favours, how do we know Banks isn’t promoting legislation in favour of his financial donors? e.g. The SkyCity Bill.”

    I never thought that sort of behaviour was a problem. After all Labour and the unions operate on this basis.

    • karol 29.1

      Labour’s relationship with the Unions is out in the open and transparent. It’s not the dodgy cover-ups that Banks is involved with.

      • swan 29.1.1

        You allege. What cover up are you referring to? The way I remember it, Banks deliberately didnt intercede when Dotcom found himself in a spot of bother. Which made Dotcom rather upset.

        • karol 29.1.1.1

          Yeah? So, how does that negate what Banks had attempted with Dotcom? He just got cold feet when he saw Dotcom in jail as the result of an FBI led initiative.

          • swan 29.1.1.1.1

            He tried to circumvent the rules in order that the donation could be anonymous. Yeah stupid thing to do.

            Labour on the other hand takes money for favours

            • karol 29.1.1.1.1.1

              Oh, right. So there was no ulterior motive to Bandks trying to make the donation anonymous.

              Labour on the other hand takes money for favours

              citation needed swan. You’re talking rubbish. Not to mention twisting yourself into inverted contortions to make your imaginings fit the realities.

              • swan

                “Oh, right. So there was no ulterior motive to Bandks trying to make the donation anonymous.”

                You can try to smear all you want but there is zero evidence for this.

              • Murray Olsen

                The only citation you’ll get from this putrid waterfowl is a link to WhaleSpew, and I won’t be checking that one.

            • Te Reo Putake 29.1.1.1.1.2

              “He tried to circumvent the rules in order that the donation could be anonymous.”

              Er, actually the exact reverse; he pretended the donations were anonymous in order to circumvent the rules.

              “Labour on the other hand takes money for favours”

              Are you having a laugh? Cite, please. And do bear in mind that the LP was formed as the political arm of the labour movement.

  29. Draco T Bastard 30

    John Banks Pleads Insanity

    Facing trial on charges of filing a false election return, ACT Party Leader John Banks has entered a plea of insanity, arguing that no clear-headed observer could reasonably claim that he was, at any point, in his right mind.

  30. Tracey 31

    Red blooded

    I live in the epsom electorate and voted for goldsmith to try and keep banks out. My brother who is a national supporter voted banks as instructed.

    its hard to imagine epsom going red…

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  • All options need to be put on meat sector table
    Farmers must be given every assurance that all potential risks have been considered before Silver Fern Farms opens its door to foreign equity, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The ongoing saga involving the meat sector and amalgamation has… ...
    7 hours ago
  • Flag the referendum if 50% or more don’t vote
    Labour has moved to have the second flag referendum canned if the first attracts fewer than half the eligible number of voters, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “John Key has already wasted more than $8 million on his vanity project… ...
    8 hours ago
  • 90,000 cars reclassified in botched ACC ratings
    New figures obtained by Labour show the ACC Minister’s botched motor vehicle levy system has resulted in 90,000 vehicles having to be reclassified so far – at a cost of $6 million, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “Nikki Kaye’s… ...
    11 hours ago
  • Brutal health cuts confirmed, crucial services suffer
    Chronic under-funding by National has seen the health budget slashed by $1.7 billion in just five years, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. A report by Infometrics, commissioned by Labour, shows health funding has been cut in four of the… ...
    1 day ago
  • Meth ring under Serco’s nose
    The news that two Serco inmates have been arrested for helping to run a methamphetamine ring from prison should be the final straw and see their contract cancelled, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “National has stood by Serco despite… ...
    1 day ago
  • Ministers failing women and their own targets
    New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The Ministry for Women’s 2015 Gender… ...
    1 day ago
  • Charges up for some as funding up for grabs
    A proposal being considered by the Government would see some people having to pay more for health care and district health boards forced to fight amongst themselves to fund regional health services, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Information leaked… ...
    2 days ago
  • Stop experimenting on kids
    The trouble with the Charter school model is that it is a publicly funded experiment on children. The National Government has consistently put its desire to open charter schools ahead of the safety of the children in them, ignoring repeated… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    2 days ago
  • Bank puts the squeeze on mid Canterbury farmers
    News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton has put a receiver on notice over financially vulnerable farmers will send a chill through rural New Zealand, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government needs to work with  New Zealand’s banks… ...
    2 days ago
  • Key is trading away New Zealand land and homes
    John Key yesterday admitted what National dishonestly refused to confirm in Parliament last week – he is trading away New Zealand’s right to control who buys our homes and land, says Opposition leader Andrew Little. “The Prime Minister must now… ...
    2 days ago
  • Razor gang takes scalpel to health
    Plans by the Government to take a scalpel to democratically elected health boards are deceitful and underhand, coming just months after an election during which they were never signalled, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Leaked documents reveals a radical… ...
    2 days ago
  • Spin lines show a department in chaos
    Corrections Spin Doctors sending their place holder lines to journalists instead of responding to serious allegations shows the scale of chaos at the department over the Serco scandal, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “As more and more serious allegations… ...
    4 days ago
  • Court ruling shows law should never have been passed
    A High Court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting is inconsistent with a properly functioning democracy should be a wake-up call for the Government, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. In an unprecedented ruling Justice Paul Heath has… ...
    5 days ago
  • Judicial Review Gamble Pays Off for Problem Gambling Foundation
    Congratulations are due to the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGFNZ) who have won their legal case around how the Ministry of Health decided to award their contracts for problem gambling services to another service provider. Congratulations are due not just for… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    5 days ago
  • Environmental Protection Agency appoints GE advocate as new CEO
    This week, the Environmental Protection Authority Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament. The Bill puts protection of the environment into the core purpose of the Environmental Protection Authority. This month, Dr Allan Freeth, the former Chief Executive of… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    5 days ago
  • Charanpreet Dhaliwal death demands genuine health and safety reform
    The killing of a security guard on his first night on the job is exactly the kind of incident that National’s watered-down health and safety bill won’t prevent, says Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford. The coronial inquest into 22-year-old Charanpreet… ...
    5 days ago
  • Arbitrary sanctions hit children hardest
    Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Figures, obtained through Parliamentary questions show 3000 more sanctions,… ...
    5 days ago
  • Hekia just won’t face the facts
    Hekia Parata’s decision to keep troubled Whangaruru Charter school open despite being presented with a catalogue of failure defies belief, goes against official advice and breaks a Government promise to close these schools if they were failing, says Labour’s Education… ...
    5 days ago
  • No more silent witnesses
    Yesterday I attended the launch of a new initiative developed by and for Asian, Middle eastern and African youth to support young people to name and get support if there is domestic violence at home. The impact on children of… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    5 days ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    6 days ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    6 days ago
  • Minister must take responsibility for problem gambling debacle
    The Government’s handling of the Problem Gambling Foundation’s axing in a cost-cutting exercise has been ham-fisted and harmful to some of the most vulnerable people in society, Associate Health Labour spokesperson David Clark says.“Today’s court ruling overturning the axing of… ...
    6 days ago
  • Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty
    The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty. ...
    6 days ago
  • Coleman can’t ignore latest warnings
    Resident doctors have advised that a severe staffing shortage at North Shore Hospital is putting patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “They say a mismatch between staffing levels and patient workloads at North Shore has… ...
    6 days ago
  • ACC must remove barriers to appeals
    The Government must prioritise removing barriers to justice for ACC claimants following a damning report by Acclaim Otago, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “ACC Minister Nikki Kaye must urgently scrap her flawed plan to remove claimant’s right to redress… ...
    6 days ago
  • Six months’ paid parental leave back on the agenda
    Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says. “My Bill… ...
    6 days ago
  • Sole parents at risk of having no income
    New requirements for sole parents to undertake a reapplication process after a year is likely to mean a large number will face benefit cancellations, but not because they have obtained work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Increasing numbers… ...
    6 days ago
  • Juking the Welfare Stats Again
    Last week the government’s major initiative to combat child poverty (a paltry $25 increase) was exposed for what it is, a lie. The Government, through the Budget this year, claims to be engaging in the child poverty debate, but instead,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    6 days ago
  • OCR rate cut a result of flagging economy
    The Reserve Bank's decision to cut the Official Cash Rate to 3 per cent shows there is no encore for the so-called 'rock star' economy, says Labour's Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.   "Today's interest rate cut comes off the back… ...
    6 days ago
  • Reboot to an innovation economy, an Internet economy and a clean economy
    In my short 33 years on this planet we’ve seen phenomenal technological, economic and social change, and it’s realistic to expect the next 33 will see even more, even faster change. You can see it in the non-descript warehouse near… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    7 days ago
  • Bill that puts the environment into the EPA passes first hurdle
    A Bill that puts the environment squarely into legislation governing the Environmental Protection Authority passed its first reading today, says Meka Whaitiri.  “I introduced this member’s bill as the current law doesn’t actually make protecting the environment a goal of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key’s KiwiSaver deception exposed
    KiwiSaver statistics released today expose John Key's claim that the cutting of the kickstart payment "will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver” to be duplicitous, says Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “Official… ...
    1 week ago
  • Minimum Wage Amendment Bill to protect contractors
    All New Zealanders should be treated fairly at work. Currently, the law allows non-employment relationships to be used to get around the minimum wage. This is unfair, says Labour MP David Parker. “The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill, a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill raises bar to protect Kiwi farmland
    The Government’s rubber-stamping of every one of the nearly 400 applications from overseas investors to buy New Zealand farm land over the last three years proves tougher laws are needed, Labour MP Phil Goff says. “In the last term of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Costly flag referendum should be dumped
    John Key must ditch the flag referendum before any more taxpayer money is wasted, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Millions of dollars could be saved if the Prime Minister called a halt to this hugely expensive, and highly unpopular, vanity… ...
    1 week ago
  • Nats letting Serco off scot free
    Government members have prevented Parliament’s Law and Order select committee from getting answers out of a senior Serco director about the fight clubs being run at Mt Eden prisons, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “At today’s Law and Order… ...
    1 week ago
  • Charter school experiment turns into shambles
    The National Government’s charter school experiment has descended into chaos and it’s time for Hekia Parata to stop trying to cover up the full extent of the problems, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The Education Minister must release all… ...
    1 week ago
  • Disconnect between rates and income must be fixed
    Local Government New Zealand’s 10 Point Plan is a chance to stop the widening chasm between the rates some households are charged and their ability to pay, Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. “There is a huge disconnect… ...
    1 week ago
  • Parole and ‘surviving the first year’
    “Intensive psychological treatment and early release to parole is far more effective at reducing reoffending among high risk prisoners than serving out the full prison sentence.” That’s reportedly the finding of Surviving the First Year, a recently-released study into Corrections’… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    1 week ago
  • Parole and ‘surviving the first year’
    “Intensive psychological treatment and early release to parole is far more effective at reducing reoffending among high risk prisoners than serving out the full prison sentence.” That’s reportedly the finding of Surviving the First Year, a recently-released study into Corrections’… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    1 week ago
  • If it’s good enough for Lake Taupō…
    Nick Smith supports helping farmers transition away from dairying and agrees we must set nitrogen caps that limit the number of animals on farms. He says this strategy is “world leading”. However we need action and pressure from him, on to… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • The importance of swamp kauri for climate research
    As early as 2010, international climate scientists were expressing concern at the rate of ancient swamp kauri extraction in Northland. Swamp kauri provides one of the best sources in the world for measuring climate fluctuations over the last 30,000 years.… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • Govt needs to heed warnings on med students
    The Government is being urged to act on advice it has received about the negative impact its seven year study cap will have on hundreds of medical students, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “The 7EFTS lifetime limit unfairly disadvantages… ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministers at sea over overseas buyers register
    The Prime Minister and three of his ministers are at odds over the collection of information about offshore speculators buying our houses and seem to be making things up as they go, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “John Key… ...
    1 week ago
  • Time for Key to ditch the King Canute routine
    With the economic mood in New Zealand souring, it is time for John Key to admit reality and drop the King Canute approach, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “John Key is claiming that 95 per cent of the economy… ...
    1 week ago
  • Botched contract leads to charter school rort
    A botched Government contract has allowed an Auckland charter school to double dip by getting funding for students it has accommodated for free, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Information received by Labour through written Parliamentary questions show the Ministry… ...
    1 week ago
  • Flawed system costs $3 million and counting
    New figures obtained* by Labour show the Government’s shambolic ACC car registration levy system has cost more than $3 million to implement and the costs are set to escalate, Labour's ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “That’s $3 million that could… ...
    1 week ago
  • Radio NZ facing death by 1000 cuts
    The National Government’s seven year funding freeze on Radio New Zealand has put its vital public broadcasting services in serious jeopardy, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran says. "The axing of 20 jobs at our only publicly funded broadcaster shows the… ...
    1 week ago

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