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How much money will be raised for Christchurch earthquake victims by auctioning copies of Key ‘shonky’ TranzRail documents?

18 March 2011

(My comment at end of this post)

Yes to Winston’s no sign for $10,600

Winston Peters’ infamous NO sign did not help him escape the $100,000 Owen Glenn controversy three years ago, but it has raised $10,600 for Christchurch earthquake victims.

The sign the New Zealand First leader once used as a prop was auctioned as part of a Press Gallery fund-raiser in the Backbencher pub for the Canterbury Television and The Press newspaper’s families, and victims of the February earthquake.

The winning bid of $10,600 was made by Ted Thomas, chief executive of Superstructure, a technology and consultancy business.

Mr Thomas said he was not a fan of Mr Peters but wanted to donate to quake victims.

“I am going to show it to staff and then find a place in my company’s board room for it,” he said.

The auction raised about $13,000. Ticket sales of $4500 will go to the Red Cross fund.

At a press conference in February 2008 Mr Peters held up the big NO sign, when denying he knew his party received a $100,000 donation from Monaco-based businessman Mr Glenn.

When the conference ended Mr Peters passed the sign to TVNZ political editor Guyon Espiner and it has since been framed and hung in TVNZ’s parliamentary office.

A parliamentary inquiry found on the balance of evidence Mr Peters had known about the donation and he was censured for not disclosing it.

Various authorities investigated but no charges were laid.


Comments and questions


“Various authorities investigated but no charges were laid”

Is that because at the time, Clark / Labour were up to their eyeballs in lies and deceit denying everything, trying to keep him off-shore away from local media – as the political fall out from such contractictory disclosure would have been a real (and was) a real embarrasment contradicting Clarks deliberate lies – that no amount of tax payer funded spin could change?

Was that why the “investigations” had such a limited scope of enquiry?

Or was it more that Labour couldn’t afford to remove Peters because then their tiny moniroty coalition government would have collapsed in scandal and sordid lies and half-truths, obfuscating the true story behind the army of tax payer funded spin doctors?

And Labour wonder why NZ have had enough of their self-serving kingdom building antics. Bring on the landslide victory to National come election day!

Anony mouse | Friday, March 18, 2011 – 8:43am
In response to Anony mouse | Friday, March 18, 2011 – 8:43am

Right On Anony,
We need to be reminded from time to time what a time waster Winston was. A fundamentally dishonest performance through many years in Parliament. He achieved almost nothing. Fired from 3 governments. And he pigged out on the perks and baubles of power.

Anony Mous Jnr | Friday, March 18, 2011 – 8:59am

This sign should be signed by Winston Peters, and re-auctioned to raise more monies for our Christchurch earthquake victims…..

No Time | Friday, March 18, 2011 – 9:10am

If it’s acceptable to ‘politicise’ fundraising for Christchurch earthquake victims – then I wonder how much money would be raised for copies of the following documents?:

1) A copy of the share registry records which proved John Key had shares in Tranz Rail (which he failed to disclose) at a time that Tranz Rail was an ‘Item of Business’ before the House?

2) A copy of John Key’s Official Information Act request to Michael Cullen, attempting to flush out commercially sensitive information about Tranz Rail, when he had an undisclosed financial interest?

3) A copy of John Key’s complaint to the Ombudsman, when Michael Cullen (on the advice of Treasury) refused to release commercially sensitive information under the OIA?

Winston Peters was never accused of ‘feathering his own nest’.
What was John Key doing with Tranz Rail?
How ‘shonky’ was that?

John Key – now Prime Minister of NZ, ‘perceived’ to be the ‘least corrupt country in the world’ (along with Singapore and Denmark according to Transparency International’s 2010 ‘Corruption Perception Index’.

When I made an official complaint to both the Police and SFO about John Key’s attempts to flush out commercially sensitive information about Tranz Rail, at a time he had an undisclosed pecuniary interest – then took a private prosecution against John Key under s. 228 of the Crimes Act 1961 ( ) there was not one sentence in the NZ Herald about ANY of these matters.

Compare that to the constant ‘MAN ON THE MOON’ headlines in the NZ Herald, about Winston Peters and NZ First prior to the 2008 election.

I guess National must be VERY worried about Winston Peters and NZ First for this arguably inappropriate stunt to go ahead?

Penny Bright
Effective Public Watchdog 🙂

Penny Bright | Friday, March 18, 2011 – 1:29pm

March 18, 2011 - Posted by | Fighting corruption in NZ, Fighting corruption internationally, Human rights

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