Independent MP Brendan Horan has been cleared of any
wrongdoing following an investigation into allegations he took
money from the accounts of his late mother.
In his final determination dated October 1, 2013, sighted by
the Bay of Plenty Times, the executor of Olwen Horan's
estate John Buckthought says an investigation into the claims
found no evidence which enabled him to find any claim against
Mr Horan, who was expelled from NZ First in December 2012
after his half-brother Mana Ormsby claimed he had
inappropriately used their mother's bank cards, has come out
Mr Horan said he was not ruling out defamation proceedings
against one or more parties.
He said he planned to remain as an independent MP, and would
contest the Tauranga electorate seat at this year's general
At the time of his expulsion, NZ First leader Winston Peters
said that after seeing "substantive" information, he had no
confidence in Mr Horan's ability to continue as a MP.
It was later revealed Mr Horan had allegedly used a
parliamentary phone to regularly call a TAB betting line.
"There have been systematic, malicious unbelievable nasty
defamatory attacks on me and I'm sick of it. These were
ludicrous, frivolous allegations. I have been completely
exonerated and knew I always would be," he said.
Mrs Horan, 87, who died on August 3 last year, signed her
original will less than two months earlier on June 20, and on
July 2 hand wrote a codicil to her will authorising her
nephew and to recover some monies received from her daughter
and Mr Horan.
In the codicil, Mrs Horan stated she wanted any monies loaned
to them or taken by "misadventure" to be recovered.
Mr Horan's lawyer Paul Mabey QC said Mr Buckthought and
independent accounting experts fully investigated Mrs Horan's
estate and the fraud allegations.
Mr Mabey said it was not a case of the parties settling to
save money as reported by some news media in October 20-21
but his client was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Mr Horan has since been paid his $40,000 share of his
mother's estate without any deductions.
Mr Mabey said there had been no legal challenge to that
"Mr Peters continues to make unjustified remarks about Mr
Horan's expulsion from NZ First, and alleged wrongdoing but
nothing Mr Peters says is evidence of anything," Mr Mabey
Mr Horan said he had no plans to return to NZ First even if
he asked to do so, nor would he join any other political
party despite approaches to do so.
"Since becoming an independent MP I don't believe in
political parties any more, and I think it is far better for
the constituents of Tauranga that I continue to do so, he
Mr Peters said he stood by everything he said at the time he
fired Mr Horan.
He would not be drawn on his own political plans and said he
was not interested in anything Mr Horan had to say.
- Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times