Prime Minister John Key has added his voice to calls for
Donghua Liu to put up or shut up over his donations to Labour.
His call comes as his own party's president, Peter
Goodfellow, declined to confirm whether the controversial
millionaire had made donations to National beyond $22,000
disclosed to the Electoral Commission in 2012.
Mr Key and National have profited from the controversy around
Liu's claims of donations to Labour including his signed
statement saying he paid close to $100,000 for wine at an
auction fundraiser in 2007.
The Herald has also been told he paid $15,000 for a book
signed by Helen Clark, Prime Minister at the time. Labour
says it has so far been unable to find records of the
"Both parties have got options available to them if they want
to test the veracity of the statements that have been made or
refute those. That's a matter for those guys," Mr Key said
He confirmed he had been aware of Mr Liu's statement and what
was in it since "a few weeks ago".
Asked whether Mr Liu should provide evidence of his
donations, Mr Key said: "Yeah, absolutely he should go ahead
and do that".
"I don't know the merits of who's right and who's wrong in
that case. That's a matter for the two parties to resolve."
Liu told the Weekend Herald last week that he had given
"equally to Governments of both colours".
National declared a $22,000 donation in 2012, but when asked
about donations other than that from the Chinese property
developer, party president Mr Goodfellow said he didn't want
to discuss individual donations.
"I think it's more appropriate that you ask him what he meant
by that statement, whether he gives to both parties or
somehow meant a dollar amount. We disclose where it's
required and that's exactly what we've done. Our practice is
disclose according to the rules."
Labour Party president Moira Coatsworth said there were "very
fair questions" for National to answer about Liu's donations.
But she criticised the Herald on Sunday for not providing
Labour with Liu's statement.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission yesterday said it would
not investigate Liu's alleged donations unless a complaint
A spokesman said the commission had so far received no
complaint "and has been provided with no information in
relation to the alleged donations".
"The commission is not making any inquiries at this point. If
it receives information which substantiates the alleged
donations it will consider looking into them."
If the commission received a copy of Liu's statement it would
read it "and make a decision whether to look into it
The alleged payments were made before changes to the
Electoral Finance Act which cracked down on anonymous
- Adam Bennett of the New Zealand Herald