MP Brendan Horan says he has done nothing wrong and felt
he was treated unfairly in his expulsion from NZ First's caucus
- and has indicated he will return to Parliament to face his
accusers soon rather than hide away.
Mr Horan was expelled from the NZ First caucus yesterday
after leader Winston Peters said he had seen information
which left him "with no confidence in Mr Horan's ability to
continue as a member of Parliament".
That information related to allegations by Mr Horan's
half-brother Mana Ormsby that Mr Horan misappropriated money
from his mother's account before her death in August last
Mr Horan said he did not know what information Mr Peters had
seen to base his decision on and had not had a single
allegation put to him to defend.
Asked if he believed he had been treated fairly, he said he
"How would you feel if you'd done nothing wrong and
circumstances led to this?"
Mr Horan said he wanted to stay on and remained strongly
committed to NZ First and its principles and policies. He
would discuss with his family whether to stay on as an
independent MP if Mr Peters refused to take him back should
he be exonerated. He was certain that he would be cleared on
"But I have no intention of standing down. Why should I?"
Mr Horan said he was leaving most of the public comments to
his lawyer, Paul Mabey, QC.
"Right now I'm more concerned with spending time looking
after my wife and children. As you can imagine, it's a very
stressful time, but I've done nothing wrong."
Mr Mabey said yesterday Mr Horan was blindsided by Mr Peters'
decision and had not been given a right of reply or shown the
information Mr Peters was relying on.
"We've seen no evidence of any wrong doing by Mr Horan at
all. If Mr Peters has, it would be good to see what he's
Mr Peters would not reveal the details of the information he
saw and would not comment when asked if he believed it was
enough to warrant a criminal investigation.
He said he had conducted an investigation into the matter
received information over the past few days. It is understood
that included financial and other records, as well as
information relating to allegations Mr Horan had a gambling
He had requested evidence from Mana Ormsby and Mr Horan to
either prove or disprove the allegations.
Forensic accountants have been investigating Olwen Horan's
estate since the allegations. Yesterday police said no
complaint had been received on the issue. The will's
executor, John Buckthought, refused to comment and Mr
Ormsby's lawyer Mark Hornabrook also refused to comment.
Mr Ormsby has previously said Mrs Horan's bank statements
showed several withdrawals were made at TABs and ATMs near Mr
Horan's office in Mt Maunganui, in Auckland and in Hamilton.
Mrs Horan died in August, soon after she signed a codicil to
her will authorising her nephew, John Buckthought, to act as
executor and "recover monies by any lawful means from my
daughter Marilyn Bleackley and son, Brendan Horan, which has
been either loaned to them by me, or taken from me by
- By Claire Trevett of the New Zealand Herald/additional
reporting Bay of Plenty Times