web analytics

Dotcom on what Banks knew

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, October 15th, 2013 - 27 comments
Categories: accountability, act, corruption, election funding, john banks, john key, local body elections, national, national/act government - Tags:

The District Court is hearing evidence in Auckland today as to whether John Banks should stand trial for signing a donations return that he knew to be false. Kim Dotcom has given evidence – the Herald reports that when he agreed to give Banks a donation of $50,000, Banks asked for it to be split and to be made anonymous, so that if Banks helped DotCom in the future it would not be known that he had donated to him.

The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for a prima facie case to be brought against John Banks. The issues around this were canvassed in the decision of Judge Mill on 16 April in CRI – 2012-085-0009093. It is well worth a read.

It will be interesting to see if John Key changes his view on Banks’ credibility. He might even have to ask him directly.

 

27 comments on “Dotcom on what Banks knew ”

  1. ghostwhowalksnz 1

    Whats the bet , Banks walks away scott free

    Isnt this how the system works, only the little people have to face the consequences of their deliberate lies.

    Did Key ever have to face a judge for lying about living in Waimuku, all the while he was signing other forms saying he was living in Orakei Rd ( his actual residence)

    WIth McCready prosecution, the best is to come where Sky City actually gives Banks the so called anonymous cheques

    • veutoviper 1.1

      “… the best is to come where Sky City actually gives Banks the so called anonymous cheques”

      I suggest you read Mike’s first link to the Herald article on today’s hearing also covers the evidence given so far by Nigel Morrison, ie

      “SKYCITY BOSS CONFIRMS DONATIONS TO BANKS

      Nigel Morrison has been giving evidence at the private prosecution of John Banks. Photo / NZ Herald
      SkyCity boss Nigel Morrison told the court of handing John Banks a cheque in an envelope at a meeting in 2010.

      Mr Morrison confirmed details from his statement made to police in 2012, including that he made the same donations to Mr Banks’ and Len Brown’s mayoral campaigns.

      Mr Banks’ donation was handed over during a 10-minute meeting in Mr Morrison’s office.

      “So in other words, as far as you were concerned Mr Banks knew you were making a donation and it was not anonymous,” Mr McCready said.

      “I handed over a cheque in an envelope across a table to Mr Banks,” Mr Morrison said.

      “Was it the intention of SkyCity for that cheque to be anonymous?” Mr McCready asked.

      “Personally I didn’t think about that,” Mr Morrison replied.

      • Tracey 1.1.1

        boy did he try his best not to incriminate Banks, dontcha think?

        • veutoviper 1.1.1.1

          I personally would call Morrison’s responses an attempt to be seen as ‘neutral’ rather than an attempt not to incriminate Banks. His responses that a cheque was handed over to Banks himself at a meeting in Morrison’s office in effect incriminates Banks anyway.

          • Tracey 1.1.1.1.1

            we shall agree to disagree then.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.2

            I seem to remember that Morrison has previously said that the donation was made and that it was stressed at the time that it was not anonymous. Can’t find the article though.

            • Hayden 1.1.1.1.2.1

              It’d be pretty hard to make an anonymous donation in person, wouldn’t it? Unless Banks thinks Sky City’s some sort of political donation delivery service.

              • Te Reo Putake

                “It’d be pretty hard to make an anonymous donation in person, wouldn’t it?”

                Well, no, but it’s usually the donor who asks that it be confidential. Apparently that’s how it works when John Key donates his salary to charity. Honest.

  2. Tiger Mountain 2

    There are many things he doesn’t recall but I bet Banksie now knows at least one thing upon reflection–don’t leave your plus size chums to their own devices in Mt Eden Prison.

  3. lurgee 3

    I’m not sure I trust either Banks or .com to tell the truth. Both are delusional self-promoters.

    Remember .com was happy to give money to the right before they turned on him. He’s no friend of the left.

    • North 3.1

      Who says he’s a friend of the Left ?

      You don’t have to like him to know he’s been instrumental. Well stuck it up ’em really.

      What makes Botox sad makes me glad.

      KDC has exposed them.

  4. Steve Wrathall 4

    So the left want to fight the 2014 election on the ethics of the funding of certain past elections? Great, I’m sure that will do them “credit”.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      No, this is a ploy to end ACT as an electoral force for 2014 as well as damage John Key by association. Do we have to spell everything out to you?

      • Lanthanide 4.1.1

        It’s hardly “a ploy”. The term “ploy” has negative connotations, in the sense of being fake or a put-on to achieve some outcome.

        There’s really nothing ployish about this at all – Banks knowingly broke the law, he has to face the music.

    • karol 4.2

      Eh?

      Unlike the right, who tend to scour the sewers and/or play shouty slippery games.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 4.2.1

        And what does McCready have to do with the left. He seems to be on his own crusade.

        • peterlepaysan 4.2.1.1

          Is not this the same McCready who took Helen Clark to court over a forged painting?

          Legal factuality seems to matter more to him than political interests.

          • the pigman 4.2.1.1.1

            Yep, same McCready who launched private prosecution against Mallard for fighting in public with Tau Henare.

  5. Tracey 5

    Lurgee… didnt he donate to brown as well?

  6. cricklewood 6

    Im guessing it will come down to semantics, there were x number of $25000 donations on the form I couldn’t possibly tell which was which and although I asked for x amount I never sighted the cheque personally so I couldnt possibly be sure who made which donation…

    • North 6.1

      I note that Botox has Jones QC. I note with warm satisfaction that KDC has Davison QC. No offence to Jones QC.

  7. Tracey 7

    thanks anne

  8. Tracey 8

    Mission accomplished by jabba the whale. Banks is off front pages

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      They’re very good about what they do. Scandal about a current mayor is always going to beat scandal about a former mayor.

    • Brian 8.2

      Not for long since the git is going to have to stand trial. My day is just getting better!

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
    The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Update to air border order strengthens crew requirements
    Additional measures coming into effect on Monday will boost our defence against COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the air border, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “As part of our precautionary approach and strategy of constant review, we’re tightening the requirements around international aircrew,” Chris Hipkins said. The COVID-19 Public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • A true picture of Māori business activity
    A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding for Taranaki projects
    The South Taranaki museum, a New Plymouth distillery and a Pasifika building firm will benefit from a Government investment totalling more than $1 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The $1.05m in grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help the recipients expand and create ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fijian Language Week 2020 inspires courage and strength during COVID-19 pandemic
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the theme for the 2020 Fijian Language Week reflects the strong belief by Fijians that their language and culture inspires courage and strength that is strongly needed in times of emergencies, or through a significant challenge like the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Trades training builds on iwi aspirations
    An investment of $2.025 million from the Māori Trades and Training Fund will support Māori to learn new skills while making a positive difference for their communities, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “K3 Development Limited Partnership will receive $2,025,000 for its Takitimu Tuanui apprenticeship programme, which will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago