Rogue ex-New Zealand First MP Brendan Horan has made
fresh allegations that his former boss, Winston Peters, is
breaking parliamentary rules by having taxpayer-funded staff
working on party business.
Speaker David Carter is currently investigating claims by Mr
Horan that the party's taxpayer-funded Vanguard constituency
management software is being used by the party to seek votes
and raise cash.
Parliament's rules forbid the use of funding intended to
support MPs and political leaders' parliamentary activities
for party political activities.
Today, Mr Horan produced internal NZ First documents dealing
with the party's move to raise funds via a regular direct
debit facility for members.
He said NZ First 2013 board minutes "make it clear" the
scheme was being run from Parliament by the party's director
of operations Apirana Dawson whose salary is paid by
"One really has to question what Parliamentary staff are
doing being involved in raising money and trying to get votes
for a political party when their job is obviously towards
Parliamentary Service", Mr Horan said this afternoon.
Asked whether he understood that Parliamentary Service paid
all of Mr Dawson's salary or that he received some pay from
the party, Mr Horan said he didn't know.
"That's one of the questions that's fair to be raised."
Mr Horan's latest attack comes after he raised questions
around Mr Peters' interest in a race horse which was not
declared in the MPs' Register of Pecuniary Interests, and
allegations of bullying of staff by another NZ First MP.
A spokeswoman for NZ First Leader Winston Peters said he
would not comment on Mr Horan's latest allegations.
Mr Horan told reporters he wasn't attempting to destroy Mr
Peters' political career; neither was he engaging in a
"I'm not out to destroy anybody. I despise the act of
hypocrisy, I despise the act of bullying and I'm standing up
against the biggest bully in Parliament. What I'd like to see
happen here is the rules are followed, that the hypocrisy
ends in this Parliament and we get on with the important
business of trying to do what MPs do, which is supposed to be
helping people and making the economy grow."
- By Adam Bennett of the NZ Herald