According to a West Coast Times article sourced by norightturn, John Key received a $1000 donation in the form of a gold nugget from a mining company. Key has claimed that he “didn’t know” whether he’d received donations from the mining industry. Now it’s pretty clear just how close the connections are between the mining industry and John Key’s National Party are.
A fundraising dinner was held for John Key in 2007 on the West Coast. According to the West Coast Times:
The fundraiser attracted 167 people who had paid $50 each to attend and further funds were being raised with the raffling of a $1000 gold nugget donated by Birchfields Ross Mining. Mr Key answered numerous questions from dinner guests, covering a range of topics
Saying he “didn’t know” about the donation simply isn’t good enough.
It’s time John Key disclosed the full extent of his connections with the mining industry. Kiwis deserve to know for what purpose their natural heritage is being destroyed.
Update: Hat-tip Marty G for the new thumbnail.