Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Winston Peters’ Attitude to Taxpayers' Money Astonishing

Winston Peters’ Attitude to Taxpayers' Money Astonishing

8 MAY 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Winston Peters’ comments on Radio New Zealand this morning show an astonishing attitude to taxpayers’ money. In an interview on Morning Report, Mr Peters justified a change to New Zealand First’s constitution that will force a list MP fired by a majority of its caucus to pay the party $300,000 or resign from Parliament.

“It’s hypocritical,” says Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams. “On the one hand Mr Peters complains about how unfair it is that New Zealand First could lose some taxpayer funding if Mr Peters fires a list MP. On the other hand, Mr Peters won’t take any steps to make sure Auckland ratepayers are paid back for Tracey Martin’s double dipping.”

Yesterday Fairfax revealed that New Zealand First MP Tracey Martin received more than $70,000 as a Rodney local board member, while sitting in Wellington as an MP. TheTaxpayers’ Union has called on Mr Peters to make sure the double-dipping MP pays Auckland ratepayers back.

“We note that Mr Peters still hasn’t paid back New Zealand taxpayers for the $158,000 his party illegally used for the 2005 election. If only Mr Peters cared about other people’s money the same way he does about taxpayer funding of list MPs who abandon his party."

Mr Peters interview is available here.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: NZ Begins Presidency Of UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news