ACT NZ, returns of donations 2005 and earlier
Electoral Commission decision 2008-37, ACT New Zealand, annual returns of donations 2005 and earlier
Dated: 15 October 2008
Decision Number: 2008-37
Subject: Office space was provided free-of-charge to ACT New Zealand by Sir Robert Jones for a number of years, at a value of approximately $20,000 per annum. The arrangement ceased in 2005. The annual returns of donations for ACT New Zealand for 2005 and prior years do not record any donation from Sir Robert Jones or associated business entities.
Findings and Determination: Free office space to the value of approximately $20,000 per year provided to ACT New Zealand up until 2005 was a party donation and was not included in ACT New Zealand’s annual returns of donations for the relevant years. ACT New Zealand is required to file amended returns for the relevant years. Provision of free office space for the purposes of an out of Parliament office was a party donation for the purposes of section 214F of the Electoral Act 1993. The section 226 time limit for potential prosecutions has expired. Rectification of the public record is of principal concern.
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