Under-siege New Zealand First MP Brendan Horan has
released a statement through his lawyer saying he has been the
subject of unwarranted and unfair publicity over allegations he
took large sums of money from the account of his late mother.
Mr Horan was stood down last week by New Zealand First leader
Winston Peters, who told him to return to Tauranga to provide
evidence to clear his name.
The allegations came from Mr Horan's brother Mana Ormsby, who
said bank statements showed a large number of withdrawals
from TABs and ATM machines near Mr Horan's office in Mount
Maunganui, Auckland and Hamilton.
An initial investigation suggested about $85,000 was missing
from his mother's account, he said.
The statement from Mr Horan's lawyer Paul Mabey, QC, today
said various issues had arisen concerning the administration
of his mother's estate as a result of her death.
"Those matters are private and personal to the family.
Unfortunately some persons, for their own reasons, have
chosen to make them public.
"Mr Horan has been the subject of unwarranted and unfair
publicity which has implied that he is dishonest and has
stolen from his mother. There can be no other interpretation
of that publicity," the statement said.
"Mr Horan completely denied any suggestion that he has stolen
from his mother or misappropriated her money or assets. He
regrets that a private and personal family matter has been
made public and his only wish is that the issues concerning
his mother's estate are resolved quickly and properly. He
invites any investigation into his mother's affairs and is
confident that any proper investigation will exonerate him
Mr Horan would make no personal comment but looked forward to
the matter being resolved so he could return to his work as
an MP "without the distraction of false and unjustified