Odd isn’t it how the whiff of corruption follows McCully around – ‘Numerous donations’ by hotel founder to National Party, but no conflict
During the 2014 election, Scenic Hotel Group founder Earl Hagaman donated $101,000 to the National Party. A month later, the company won a contract to manage the Niuean Matavai Resort, heavily funded by the New Zealand government. Last year, $7.5 million in aid funding was announced to expand the resort.
A clear conflict of interest.
A hotel group that won a contract to run a Niue resort has denied any conflict, despite its founder making “numerous donations” to political parties.
“I mean, it’s not first time he’s donated to the National Party and he’s made quite numerous donations to the ACT party over the years as well.
“From the hotel’s perspective, we’re politically neutral. We actually don’t play any bias towards any political parties.”
Made similar donations to Labour and The Greens? The claim of no bias is laughable.
A conflict of interest “is a situation in which a person or organization is involved in multiple interests, financial interest, or otherwise, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation of the individual or organization.” Clearly the motivation of the National Party could possibly have been corrupted by a $101,000 donation. The denials are as worthless as the claims of neutrality.