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Evidence of corporate media campaign (mainly NZ Herald) to discredit Winston Peters and NZ First prior to the 2008 election.

3 April  2011

Here is evidence of the corporate media campaign waged in the NZ Herald against Winston Peters and NZ First, from 12 July 20o8 – 5 November 2008.

In the politically critical three months before the 2008 NZ general election, complaints were made to both the Police and Serious Fraud Office about NZ First, by ACT Party Leader Rodney Hide.

Were these complaints ‘politically motivated’?

Coming from the leader of a rival political party – ACT’s Rodney Hide – how can they be described as anything else?

No charges were laid, there were no convictions in Court, and eventually both the Serious Fraud Office and NZ Police found no offence had been committed and there was no case to anser.

But politically – the damage had been done.

Arguably the continual barrage of ‘MAN ON THE MOON’ headlines over ALLEGATIONS of possible fraudulent and/or criminal behaviour,  in the three months before the election, had the desired effect on enough of the voting public to ‘put them off’ voting for NZ First / Winston Peters.

NZ First failed to make the 5% party vote threshold, and those big business CEOs who didnt want Winston Peters to be part of either a Labour or National Government – got their way.

This is how it was done.

KEY DATES:

4 September 2008: Rodney Hide makes a complaint about NZ First  to the NZ Police.

www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00096.htm

Police Complaint “Grandstanding”

Thursday, 4 September 2008, 3:32 pm
Press Release: New Zealand First Party

Media Release
4 September 2008

Police Complaint “Grandstanding”
New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters has described Rodney Hide’s complaint to police today as obsessive, compulsive, grandstanding behaviour.

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5 Nov 2008 Police have found no offence was committed when Winston Peters’ NZ Police inquiry clears NZ First. By Claire Trevett and Patrick Gower

Police inquiry clears NZ First
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Police inquiry clears NZ First

By Claire Trevett and Patrick Gower

Police have found no offence was committed when Winston Peters’ NZ First party failed to declare an $80,000 donation as required by law.

The decision ends the open official inquiries into the NZ First donations controversy. …”

(ie: TWO months before the 2008 election – Winston Peters and NZ First have this Police complaint hanging over their heads – 3 days before the election (8 November 2008) – the Police clear NZ First.)

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30 July 2008: ACT leader Rodney Hide  asks the Serious Fraud Office to investigate issues raised by The Dominion Post and other media over NZ First party funding.

www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/556418

NZ First questions remain unanswered

– Dominion Post and NZPA

ACT leader Rodney Hide has asked the Serious Fraud Office to investigate issues raised by The Dominion Post and other media over NZ First party funding.

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10 October 2008: A Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into New Zealand First  clears the party of fraud

SFO finds no proof of NZ First fraud

Published: 4:56PM Friday October 10, 2008 Source: NZPA

A Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into New Zealand First has cleared the party of fraud, but party leader Winston Peters isn’t going to get his ministerial portfolios back before the election.

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IS THIS REAL REASON BEHIND THE CORPORATE MEDIA CAMPAIGN (PARTICULARLY IN THE NZ HERALD)

TO ATTEMPT TO DISCREDIT WINSTON PETERS AND NZ FIRST?

Because the majority of big business CEOs didn’t want Winston Peters in either a Labour or National Government?

Is this how ‘democracy’ works in ‘clean, green’ New Zealand, ‘perceived’ to be the least corrupt country in the world?

The public get the Government the majority of big business want us to have – through corporate media manipulation?

SUGGEST THAT YOU LOOK AT THIS EVIDENCE WHICH, IN MY CONSIDERED OPINION,  PROVES CORPORATE MEDIA (PARTICULARLY NZ HERALD) MANIPULATION OF THE 2008 NZ GENERAL ELECTION – AND THINK FOR YOURSELVES!

Fran O’Sullivan : Meurant allegations require scrutiny
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
All the chief executives I subsequently canvassed in a mini-survey last week told me they didn’t want either Clark or Key to have Peters in their governments………..

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Police inquiry clears NZ First
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Police inquiry clears NZ First

By Claire Trevett and Patrick Gower

Police have found no offence was committed when Winston Peters’ NZ First party failed to declare an $80,000 donation as required by law.

The decision ends the open official inquiries into the NZ First donations controversy. …”

John Armstrong: High-flyer in denial could fall to earth
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
not be the convoluted sagas afflicting NZ First and involving Owen Glenn, the Spencer

Get to Monaco toute de suite! officials told
Thursday, October 30, 2008
declared. Peters’ donation was not and in fact, Peters asked Owen Glenn to keep to it confidential according to Glenn’s evidence. The

Editorial : Nation has had its fill of Peters
Thursday, October 30, 2008
donations channelled through his lawyer’s accounts he did, it turns out, try to set up the diplomatic post sought by Owen Glenn, whose donation he still

Anderton pitches for Peters’ grey voters
Thursday, October 30, 2008
have sparred occasionally, and Mr Anderton abstained on the House’s motion to censure Mr Peters for non-declaration of a $100,000 donation from Owen Glenn.

Cash not linked to Monaco role – Glenn and Peters
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
He said the latest revelations about Helen Clark and Winston Peters’ knowledge of the Owen Glenn donation now smelled “like a 7-day old snapper” and called for

Worried PM kept close eye on Peters’ lobbying
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Paris and Owen is now wondering the next step in regards to the appointment in Monaco.”
Helen Clark rang Mr Peters after Mr Glenn mentioned the donation to her

Latest updates: On the campaign trail, Oct 29
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
affair fallout National leader John Key says the latest revelations about Helen Clark and Winston Peters’ knowledge of the Owen Glenn donation now “smells like

Peters revelations reek like old fish: Key
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
revelations about Winston Peters and Owen Glenn are “as Affairs Ministry to have Mr Glenn appointed honorary Zealand First party a $100,000 donation, but both

National challenging Labour’s record in latest ads
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Mr Peters held up the sign at a press conference where he denied getting a $100,000 cheque from billionaire Owen Glenn. There was a donation and Mr Glenn says

Take note, Winston
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
In Peters’ case, Parliament’s privileges committee found against him saying he knew about a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn that was not declared

Peters pushed for Glenn to get Monaco job, papers reveal
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
and Mr Peters said they never discussed the donation. out Mr Peters has said Mr Glenn just wanted “Those emails suggest I inherited Owen Glenn’s interest in

Key stands firm on NZ First
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
with NZ First, saying its leader Winston Peters had misled the public over the $100,000 donation he received in 2005 from expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn.

Hide says NZ First ‘not in clear yet’
Friday, October 24, 2008
Parliament’s privileges committee found against Mr Peters saying he knew about a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn that was not declared.

Woolerton reignites NZ First donation scandal
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
New Zealand First MP Doug Woolerton has admitted he was “hugely embarrassed” by the Owen Glenn donation scandal and its fallout.

Latest updates: On the campaign trail, Oct 22
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
fails to toe party line New Zealand First MP Doug Woolerton has admitted he was “hugely embarrassed” by the Owen Glenn donation scandal and its fallout.

Peters: SFO has no idea of election law
Friday, October 17, 2008
The donation is separate from the $100,000 from billionaire Owen Glenn and $40,000 from the Spencer Trust that both went toward legal costs.

Jones dumped down NZ First list
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
New Zealand First MP Dail Jones has been dropped to 14th place on his party’s list in an apparent punishment for his role in the Owen Glenndonation scandal.

MP discovers demotion on party’s website
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
But nothing was quite as controversial as the story of the Owen Glenn donation, which began when Mr Jones revealed the party had received a large, mysterious

Latest updates: On the campaign trail, Oct 15
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
party list. Jones’ comments ignited a firestorm of speculation that the donation had come from billionaire Owen Glenn. It was subsequently

Paul Holmes: Merciless shelling
Monday, October 13, 2008
He arrived at 6.30am, full of beans. He appeared genuinely to have no memory of Owen Glenn running by him any donation to New Zealand First.

Party cleared, but PM leaves Peters outside
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The donation is separate from the $100,000 from billionaire Owen Glenn and $40,000 from the Spencer Trust that Mr Peters has been required to amend the

What should happen to Winston Peters now?
Friday, October 10, 2008
leader Winston Peters, finding that he knowingly filed a false return to Parliament when he failed to declare a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn.

Should Winston Peters be permanently removed as Foreign Minister?
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monaco-based businessman Owen Glenn presented compelling evidence at Parliament suggesting New lied over what he knew of the billionaire’s $100,0000 donation.

Vintage Peters does it his way
Monday, October 6, 2008
“We are not saying who we will go with, or won’t go with.” On the donations controversy, where a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn and $234,171

Peters owns up to gift of $40,000
Thursday, October 2, 2008
upheld the committee’s finding he knowingly provided false or misleading information by not declaring a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn on the

Peters makes new Spencer Trust declaration
Thursday, October 2, 2008
statements by Mr Peters, the amount of the donation is understood to be interest declaration for 2006 disclosing the $100,000 gift from businessman Owen Glenn.

Peters just doesn’t fit with National’s standards
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
power, Winston is going with Labour, it’s as simple as that.” Mr Key said the Labour Party organised the donation from expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn to Mr

Extra donation in Peters’ amended declarations
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The committee found he knowingly provided false or misleading information by not declaring a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn on the register.

Peters amends returns to register of pecuniary interests
Monday, September 29, 2008
That was after it found he misled Parliament by failing to declare a $100,000 donation to his legal fees from expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn in December 2005

Bill Ralston : Curving the command chain
Saturday, September 27, 2008
when he denied being at the Karaka horse sales with Owen Glenn and it He even argues that because the Glenn donation covered legal costs he incurred on behalf

Field defends censure vote on Peters
Friday, September 26, 2008
one of those who voted for Mr Peters to be censured by Parliament last week for failing to disclose a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn towards his

Poll: Peters row has little impact
Friday, September 26, 2008
past month, the privileges committee continued its inquiry into whether Mr Peters should have declared the $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn and by

Timeline: The NZ First donations saga
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
costs. September 18: The privileges committee considers evidence from the Serious Fraud Office on the Owen Glenn donation. Winston

Peters: I’ll leave it to the voters to decide
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
It follows the privileges committee finding that Mr Peters knew about and should have declared a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn in 2005 in the

Winston Peters and the ever-changing story
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Brian Henry first appeared before the privileges committee on August 18 to answer questions about the $100,000 donation Owen Glenn had given in 2005 Peters for

Maori Party says Labour pushed it over Peters
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Radio Waatea that Maori MPs had said publicly they would back him in the privileges committee inquiry into the $100,000 donation from businessman Owen Glenn.

Maori Party important in Peters report
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The Maori Party’s position on the privileges committee report on Winston Peters’ $100,000 donation from Owen Glenn and the subsequent vote in the House will be

Labour denies dirty tricks
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Peters for knowingly filing a false return of pecuniary interests, notably a $100,000 donation for his legal expenses from Monaco-based billionaire Owen Glenn.

Trainer shrugs off tyre-slashing
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
privileges committee to back up Owen Glenn’s claim that Mr Peters thanked the Monaco-based billionaire at the Karaka yearling sales for a $100,000 donation.

Peters describes censuring as ‘useless facade’
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Dr Cullen said there were still no grounds for Mr Peters to be censured or sacked as a minister even if MPs believe he lied about Owen Glenn’s donation.

Privileges committee report to be tabled tonight
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Earlier today Helen Clark said the privileges committee report on Owen Glenn’s donation to New Zealand First was unlikely to lead to Winston Peters

Editorial: Peters’ future up to voters
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
of the censuring of Mr Peters for filing a false return to Parliament, in which he did not declare a $100,000 donation from expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn.

SFO head says MPs were being misled
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
believing it was relevant to the privileges committee, which was considering whether Mr Peters should have declared a $100,000 donation from Owen Glenn on the

Peters damned by his peers
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
leader Winston Peters, finding that he knowingly filed a false return to Parliament when he failed to declare a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn.

John Armstrong: Peters should go, but he won’t
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
that the evidence before the committee was insufficient to prove that he had knowledge of the $100,000 donation from business tycoon Owen Glenn long before he

Report: Peters censured for ‘false, misleading’ information
Monday, September 22, 2008
The privileges committee’s report, which was released this evening, looked into NZ First’s handling of Owen Glenn’s $100,000 donation to Winston Peters’ legal

Ex-minister link man between Peters and donors
Monday, September 22, 2008
he also made the initial approach to expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn, who eventually up when Sir Robert Jones questioned whether a $25,000 donation he made

Peters’ reprieve, thanks to Glenn
Monday, September 22, 2008
Peters may have Owen Glenn to thank in large part for his reprieve at a lunch at the Karaka sales did not hear Peters thank Glenn for his donation, then he

Judgment day for Peters over $100,000
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The privileges committee will meet today to finalise its report into the treatment of Owen Glenn’s $100,000 donation to Winston Peters’ legal fund, in a week

A mouth with nothing to Hide
Sunday, September 21, 2008
and I don’t have the Spencer Trust or Owen Glenn helping me claims and counter-claims over the secretive Spencer Trust, Glenn’s $100,000 donation to NZ

Peters on mat for fight flight
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Peters is already in the fight for his political life over claims he breached parliamentary rules by not disclosing a $100,000 donation from Owen Glenn in 2005

Peters picks up support from Maori
Saturday, September 20, 2008
We don’t know yet.” In its commentary, the Roy Morgan company said there could also be some “fallout” in support for Labour because of the Owen Glenn donation.

Who wears the parties’ pants?
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Other senior MPs such as Simon Power – who has been chairing the parliamentary privileges committee into billionaire Owen Glenn’s $100,000 donation to New

A question of character – but whose?
Friday, September 19, 2008
in February he had given a donation to Peters conflicting evidence” between Peters’ No and Glenn’s Yes, why ages it would be terrific if Owen Glenn appeared in

John Armstrong: PM killing Peters with her kindness
Friday, September 19, 2008
committee since Owen Glenn made a nonsense nearly two weeks ago of Peters’ version of the circumstances surrounding the business tycoon’s $100,000 donation to

Peters: SFO’s actions unlawful, with ‘malice’
Thursday, September 18, 2008
committee. The committee is looking into a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn for Mr Peters’ legal fees. Behind closed

Peters looks safe for now
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
is investigating whether the New Zealand First leader should have declared a $100,000 donation to his legal fees by billionaire Owen Glenn in December 2005.

Lawyer’s words can’t save the boss
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
email to try and jog Mr Glenn’s memory in the hope of getting a donation.” Mr Dunne one thing I do know is that if Mr Peters had said to me ‘Owen Glenn is going

Upset Peters demands to front privileges committee again
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
he believes the Serious Fraud Office has submitted written evidence to the committee, which is investigating a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn.

NZ First MP lays donations complaint
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
In debate in July over Mr Peters’ failure to declare a $100,000 donation to his legal fees from billionaire Owen Glenn, Prime Minister Helen Clark noted Dr

John Armstrong : Planet Earth to Mr Henry – we’re not buying it
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
garden, Winston Peters’ lawyer, Brian Henry, wants to believe that the now notorious phone call from

Peters faces grilling over SFO evidence
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The privileges committee inquiry is centred around a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn to pay for Mr Peters’ legal fees for the Tauranga electoral

Clark yet to weigh up Peters’ evidence
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
“I have never discussed Owen Glenn with Mr Peters or told Mr Peters about the donation until July this year.” He said if Mr Peters had brokered the $100,000

Peters’ lawyer to explain discrepancies
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Last week’s documented evidence from Owen Glenn: * Glenn telephones Winston Peters at 1.26pm (NZ time) December 14, 2005, Glenn says to discuss donation.

Labour to ‘distance’ itself from NZ First in election build-up
Monday, September 15, 2008
have to try and explain to the committee how an email from him to billionaire Owen Glenn in which he provides bank details for a $100,000 donation and refers

Poll shows Labour losing ground
Monday, September 15, 2008
to test whether Clark’s credibility had been dented by her handling of the affair, including her admission Owen Glenn had told her of the donation in February

Peters says he will be back – report
Sunday, September 14, 2008
parliament’s privileges committee last week to defend himself against allegations he should have declared billionaire Owen Glenn’s $100,000 donation to his

Irrepressible Peters
Saturday, September 13, 2008
caught in its glare, rarely dimmed, the suspended Minister of Foreign Affairs won’t entertain for a moment the suggestion the Owen Glenn donation might have

Hide and Peters box clever
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Peters is already in a fight for his political life over a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn amid claims it should have been declared in the

Editorial: The phony campaign is over: time for the real one to begin
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Owen Glenn, who in his evidence to the Privileges Committee was nothing if We may never know whether Glenn’s or Peters’ version of the donation affair is

I couldn’t ignore truth on Peters – trainer
Friday, September 12, 2008
Three conflicting points of evidence in Owen Glenn’s $100,000 donation to Tauranga electoral petition: 1: December 5 contact – when an initial approach for a

Fran O’Sullivan : Verbal incontinence denting credibility
Friday, September 12, 2008
Owen Glenn, the billionaire who is among Labour’s biggest all Glenn deserves applause for exposing New Zealand First to bury a $100,000 donation Glenn made to

Expert: Personality and the Peters factor crucial in election campaign
Friday, September 12, 2008
problem. Dr Atkinson said the Owen Glenn donation saga has not rubbed off negatively on the government, according to the polls. But

Big day at Karaka turns very cloudy
Friday, September 12, 2008
was another big donor _ the Monaco-based billionaire and racing enthusiast Owen Glenn, who had it is a vital part of his denial of knowing about the donation.

Peters blames media ‘piranhas’ for his political woes
Friday, September 12, 2008
Parliament’s privileges committee is investigating his treatment of a $100,000 donation from Owen Glenn to pay his legal fees. Mr

Glamorous sidekick in the limelight
Friday, September 12, 2008
While all eyes were on Owen Glenn this week, his executive When Mr Glenn stepped out in public the woman at has said he only learned of the donation in July

PM not ruling out sacking Peters
Thursday, September 11, 2008
the committee was that key issues remained unresolved in the face of conflicting evidence from billionaire Owen Glenn and Mr Peters about a $100,000 donation.

John Armstrong: Winston’s electoral poison now
Thursday, September 11, 2008
clear-cut than they were following Owen Glenn’s testimony on were far less compelling than Glenn’s testimony found out about the $100,000 donation Glenn made to

What Peters told the committee
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I believe she asked me, look it is being said here that Owen Glenn gave money party the accounts’.” He later also assured that there was no donation to himself

Editorial: Glenn’s truth will out Peters
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Owen Glenn came back to a country he still calls his Peters’ MPs to thank for Mr Glenn’s illuminating visit he said, personally solicited the donation in the

When did Peters know about the Spencer Trust?
Thursday, September 11, 2008
With the Prime Minister likely to sack Winston Peters if Owen Glenn has proof that Peters lied about his $100,000 donation, the matter of NZ First’s failure to

I was vetted and backed for Monaco post, says Billionaire
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Owen Glenn says his bid to be New Zealand’s honorary consul it broke in February and the $100,000 donation he made Mr Glenn said he received a phone call from

Phone records contradict Peters
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
that possibility with anyone else.” GLENN HITS BACK Owen Glenn’s opinion of politicians
hasn’t been enhanced by his experiences since the donation scandal broke

Clark involved up to her eyeballs says Key
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
‘I HAVE TO TAKE PEOPLE AS I FIND THEM’ Prime Minister Helen Clark on the unfolding
saga of Winston Peters and Owen Glenn’s donation: JULY 14, 2008 After the

Clark to decide Peters’ future after further denials
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Mr Peters again denied any prior knowledge of a $100,000 donation to NZ First or to himself from Monaco-based billionaire Owen Glenn.

We didn’t talk cash says Williams
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Labour Party president Mike Williams says he is happy to appear before the privileges committee to give his side of the Owen Glenn donation row.

New Glenn letter ups heat on Peters
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
privileges committee has released a second letter from Owen Glenn in which the billionaire says there is no doubt Winston Peters approached him for a donation.

NZ First’s Jones unwittingly started it all
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The man who unwittingly triggered the first questions about a donation from Owen Glenn to Winston Peters has now been revealed as playing a pivotal role in

John Armstrong : A meeting away from disgrace
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Quite simply, Owen Glenn has blasted Peters’ version of events right Glenn’s accounts of when Peters knew about Glenn’s $100,000 donation towards the

Glenn: Politicians left me to the lions
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Owen Glenn’s opinion of politicians hasn’t been enhanced by his experiences since the donation scandal broke. In fact it’s pretty

Owen Glenn: I’m here to clear my name
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
one – to determine whether Mr Glenn’s donation was a gift and should therefore have been declared in the register of pecuniary interests. Owen Glenn vs Winston

Glenn says Peters asked for cash and gives paper trail
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Owen Glenn today produced a paper trail of phone calls, emails and an independent Mr Peters position that he never solicited a $100,000 donation from the Monaco

Labour and ex-National figures feature in Glenn-Peters timeline
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Labour Party President Mike Williams, Sir Howard Morrison and ex-National MP Roger McClay were all players in the New Zealand First-Owen Glenn donation row.

Crucifix at hand as Glenn enters the lions’ den
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
They’d push you out.” DONORS AT SAME TABLE Owen Glenn says Winston Peters thanked him for his $100,000 donation during a lunch at the Karaka sales attended by

Big donation came from 8 linked firms
Monday, September 8, 2008
On a second front, the $100,000 donation to NZ First leader Winston Peters’ legal fees from Monaco-based businessman Owen Glenn will be under further scrutiny

NZ First faces three inquiries into donations
Monday, September 8, 2008
And Parliament’s privileges committee is deciding whether a $100,000 donation from expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn, which was used to pay fees charged by a

NZ First given ‘last chance’ over donations
Monday, September 8, 2008
Robert Jones and the Vela family, while Parliament’s privileges committee is investigating a $100,000 dollar donation from expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn.

Better strategy
Saturday, September 6, 2008
industry. He’s disappointed by what he considers delayed action on the disputed Owen Glenn donation to Winston Peters’ legal costs. He

John Armstrong : If all else fails, play the victim card
Friday, September 5, 2008
As Peters would have it, he is the victim of unwarranted allegations surrounding the Owen Glenn donation to NZ First, the victim of Glenn’s faulty memory, the

NZ First used $80,000 gift for payback
Friday, September 5, 2008
The $80,000 donation falls inside this period as the 2007 return was given to if Mr Peters should have declared a $100,000 gift from billionaire Owen Glenn.

John Armstrong : Key move puts Maori Party in the box seat
Friday, September 5, 2008
Had the donation been disclosed, however, then questions would have been a high-stakes poker game between Peters and wealthy expatriate Owen Glenn, with both

Glenn jets in to have his say on donation
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Businessman Owen Glenn remains so adamant that Winston Peters personally asked him for a donation to fund his legal fees that he is flying from Monaco to

Round two in Peters’ fight for political life
Thursday, September 4, 2008
life at Parliament’s privileges committee this morning as he seeks to convince MPs he did not solicit a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn.

Donation saga: Glenn’s second letter
Thursday, September 4, 2008
There is absolutely no doubt that the request came to me from Mr Peters, I would not have made the donation on any other basis Yours faithfully, Owen G. Glenn

Peters to front Privileges Committee tomorrow
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The committee is to hold a three-hour session looking into the $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn used to pay for Mr Peters’ legal fees.

John Armstrong: PM’s admission adds frisson to parliamentary clash
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
she had been aware in February that wealthy expatriate Owen Glenn had donated Clark knowing that each time Peters denied receiving any donation, her Minister

Undeclared donation ‘a mistake’ says NZ First MP
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
in Parliament. The Prime Minister’s knowledge of the Owen Glenn donation dominated proceedings in question time today. Mr Key attacked

I can’t assist Peters inquiry, says Clark
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Helen Clark says she has nothing to contribute to the privileges committee inquiry into the $100,000 Owen Glenn donation, despite confirming yesterday that Mr

Glenn likely to reveal new details on donation
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
New testimony from billionaire Owen Glenn is expected to be presented at tomorrow’s privileges committee inquiry into his $100,000 donation towards Winston

PM may be grilled over Glenn donation
Monday, September 1, 2008
privileges committee to discuss what she knew about a $100,000 donation to suspended Foreign Minister Winston Peters by expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn.

Peters v The Rest, his favourite position
Monday, September 1, 2008
No, it’s not about the privileges committee hearing that begins tonight into a $100,000 donation to Peters by billionaire Owen Glenn.

Bill Ralston: Strike three and Peters is out
Saturday, August 30, 2008
It would not immediately investigate the Owen Glenn donation, or matters surrounding the Scampi inquiry, but left the door open to probe those issues if more

Kerre Woodham: Playing the victim card
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Owen Glenn says Winston rang him and asked him for a donation towards his fighting fund; Winston says that is not his recollection.

Peters’ lawyer has ‘cordial’ meeting with SFO
Saturday, August 30, 2008
expatriate businessman Owen Glenn to give evidence next week. The committee is considering whether Mr Peters should have declared a $100,000 donation from Mr

Deborah Coddington: Bulls lock horns and the outcome is bloody
Saturday, August 30, 2008
given to the Privileges Committee by Owen Glenn and Peters. Just six months ago Glenn was uttering bizarre words didn’t check out because his donation was made

Editorial: Whatever fraud office finding, it’s time to pull plug on Peters
Saturday, August 30, 2008
But on the matter of the donation by expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn, which is still being investigated by Parliament’s Privileges Committee, Peters

Hide’s new SFO probe call
Saturday, August 30, 2008
expatriate businessman Owen Glenn to give more evidence next week. The committee is considering whether Peters should have declared a $100,000 donation from

Key shuts the door on Peters and NZ First
Saturday, August 30, 2008
ignored all the other issues, including the fact that expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn had contradicted Mr Peters’ story about a $100,000 donation to a legal

High drama and surprises in Helen Clark’s longest day
Friday, August 29, 2008
he will want to consult that counsel.” * Helen Clark’s longest day, in quotes: 11.45AM: Helen Clark admits knowing about Owen Glenn’s donation in February this

Peters in a bind
Friday, August 29, 2008
The Owen Glenn donation, as Liddell does not suspect fraud because both Mr Glenn and Mr Peters agree that it was meant for his legal fees.

Peters ‘hurt but calm’ in stepping down
Friday, August 29, 2008
Parliament’s privileges committee is holding a separate inquiry into a $100,000 donation from expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn, which was not declared.

Going, going …
Friday, August 29, 2008
She said she was told about the donation by Mr Glenn – who gave at Auckland University on February 21 when she attended the opening of the Owen G. Glenn

John Armstrong : SFO lands knockout blow on weary fighter
Friday, August 29, 2008
Big cracks have started to appear in Peters’ testimony to Parliament’s privileges
committee regarding the Owen Glenn donation – the latest inconsistency in his

Once, twice, three times a break-up
Friday, August 29, 2008
or his party by expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn, the wealthy his party received money from Mr Glenn, Mr Peters he had no knowledge of the donation but this

Peters gone… but could be back
Friday, August 29, 2008
explanation for discrepancies in the story as to how ex-patriate billionaire Owen Glenn came to pay $100,000 of a Peters legal bill. The Glenn donation is the

Editorial : Peters is the author of his own demise
Friday, August 29, 2008
lawyer by Labour’s leading benefactor Owen Glenn. Had Mr Peters bothered to check the facts with his lawyer, Brian Henry, before denying any donation from Mr

Fran O’Sullivan : Endgame played with skill
Friday, August 29, 2008
Next week Parliament’s privileges committee will resume its inquiries into the $100,000 donation that businessman Owen Glenn made to further a post-2005

NZ First facing ‘serious and complex fraud’ inquiry
Thursday, August 28, 2008
He said he did not believe there was enough evidence to use the SFO powers on the Owen Glenn donation, because it was clear from both men’s accounts the money

Donation saga: Glenn and Peters’ letters
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Owen Glenn’s letter to the privileges committee Mr Simon Power MP Chairperson
Privileges WELLINGTON 19 August 2008 RE: Complaint concerning my donation to Rt

Nats divorce Peters
Thursday, August 28, 2008
much less.” Helen Clark is reserving judgment until the privileges committee report into the $100,000 donation Monaco-based billionaire Owen Glenn made towards

SFO can force the answers
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The SFO would not be using its powers to investigate the donation from billionaire Owen Glenn or allegations of corruption in relation to the scampi quota, as 

John Armstrong: Why did Clark drop her bombshell today?
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Another day, another bombshell. The Owen Glenn donation saga just keeps getting worse and worse for the Prime Minister. Her gobsmacking

Glenn clear winner in the credibility stakes
Thursday, August 28, 2008
central Tauranga for their opinion on billionaire Owen Glenn’s statement that New Zealand First leader Winston Peters asked him for a $100,000 donation, and Mr

Clark: Glenn told me of donation in February
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Helen Clark said today that billionaire Owen Glenn told her in February that he donated $100,000 to New Zealand First. The Prime

Pressure mounts on Peters as Key all but shuts door
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Parliament’s privileges committee released this morning billionaire Owen Glenn wrote that Mr Peters sought, obtained and thanked him for a $100,000 donation.

Editorial: Peters should resign now
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The testimony his donor, Owen Glenn, has given Parliament’s privileges Mr Glenn says Mr Peters not only knew about he did not know of the donation until his

D-Day for Peters over donations
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
may face a political crisis after a meeting this morning of the privileges committee to discuss a statement from billionaire Owen Glenn about a donation.

Peters gets recall back as Hide chips away
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
reveal a conversation he has now recalled involving Owen Glenn. follows a damaging letter from Mr Glenn to the all knowledge of such a donation until recently.

John Armstrong: Ditch Peters or damage Labour
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
choices confronting the Prime Minister following Owen Glenn’s explosive testimony to the privileges committee that Peters asked him for a donation towards the

Winston’s rival takes battle for seat out on to streets
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
that billionaire Owen Glenn gave a written statement to Parliament’s privileges committee saying Mr Peters personally asked him for a $100,000 donation.

Explosive NZ First claims aired in Parliament
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Parliament’s privileges committee is also looking at whether Mr Peters broke Parliament’s rules by failing to declare the donation from Owen Glenn.

New questions raised over Winston’s legal fees
Sunday, August 24, 2008
committee hearing amid claims Peters broke Parliament’s rules by failing to declare a $100,000 donation from expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn and explained

John Armstrong : Tolerance only thing stretched at hearing
Friday, August 22, 2008
satisfied with the credibility-stretching explanation volunteered by Peters’ “blood brother” lawyer, Brian Henry, regarding the $100,000 Owen Glenn donation.

Fran O’Sullivan : Donations wrangle obscures the real Peters scandal
Friday, August 22, 2008
the outrageous way he attacked them for questioning whether Labour’s major donor Owen Glenn had contributed When Glenn made the $100,000 donation to Peters

Sturt says Peters saga meets ‘smell test’
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Expat billionaire Owen Glenn has provided a written statement to the SFO about a $100,000 donation he made that went towards Mr Peters’ legal fees.

Questions over Peters’ ‘murky’ legal set-up
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
interesting line of questioning. He said the $40,000 payment was more clear-cut than the Owen Glenn donation. “It’s absolutely black and

Peters hearing wants to hear from Glenn
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The story so far: A $100,000 donation made in 2006 by billionaire Owen Glenn towards Winston Peters’ legal bill is the subject of the privileges committee

John Armstrong: Unorthodox relationship of Winston and lawyer who never bills his client
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Much depends on what Owen Glenn says if he accepts the committee’s invitation to give of the charge Peters had failed to declare a $100,000 donation from the

Hide wants billionaire to tell inquiry about donation to Peters
Monday, August 18, 2008
To demonstrate a compelling case for calling Owen Glenn without it looking as committee’s interest to other donations, including Bob Jones’ donation via the

Peters poll does not surprise Clark
Monday, August 18, 2008
committee tonight over allegations he broke Parliament’s rules by failing to declare a $100,000 donation from expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn towards his

Editorial: Peters faces his peers now
Sunday, August 17, 2008
be a bit of fun.” He was talking about Mr Peters’ denial of a $100,000 donation from the Monaco-based expatriate businessman Owen Glenn, a donation Mr Henry

Winston Peters: I’ve got nothing to fear
Thursday, August 14, 2008
It has to decide whether Mr Peters committed a contempt of Parliament by not disclosing a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn, which was used to pay

Hide gives SFO ‘new evidence’ on Peters
Thursday, August 14, 2008
of donations intended for New Zealand First from businessmen Owen Glenn, Sir Robert Peters would not confirm or deny the latest Simunovich donation claims in

SFO talks to Jones
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Questions have also been raised over a $100,000 donation to New Zealand First by billionaire Owen Glenn and donations from the Vela family.

The media can report on Peters hearing
Friday, August 8, 2008
The New Zealand First leader is being investigated over why he did not disclose Owen Glenn’s $100,000 donation to his legal fund in 2006.

Queries on fish cash enrage Peters
Thursday, August 7, 2008
involving Mr Peters, Mr Hide yesterday indirectly criticised the privileges committee looking at the status of the $100,000 donation from Owen Glenn towards Mr

Privileges committee sets terms of reference for Peters inquiry
Thursday, August 7, 2008
It has to decide whether Mr Peters committed a contempt of Parliament by not disclosing the $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn, which was used to

Billionaire Glenn could give evidence to Peters inquiry
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
If he didn’t, should he have known? * What did Owen Glenn believe his donation was for? * Was the payment of Peters’ bill a gift or the payment of a debt?

We’re not worried about the cash: Vela
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Vela said last night that he had no concerns about the donation his company to National, has been supported by Monaco-based billionaire Owen Glenn, Talleys and

Peters told to front inquiry over ‘serious allegations’
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
ones. The committee will look into whether Mr Peters should have declared a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn. It would

Fran O’Sullivan : Boot now on other foot for maestro of finger-pointing
Saturday, August 2, 2008
over whether donations made by Sir Robert and the wealthy Owen Glenn were used for a clear audit trail showing just how Sir Robert’s $25,000 donation found its

Pokie trust money went to NZ First’s election campaign
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Mr Beattie also recalled another donation of $10,000, but as this was not for Mr Peters and New Zealand First made by billionaire Owen Glenn, fishing and

Another undeclared NZ First donation reported
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Questions have also been raised about an undeclared $100,000 donation to the party from billionaire Owen Glenn, cheques from the Vela family which were made

Peters in graceless form at Alexandra Park
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Owen Glenn is right in believing he had given to New Zealand First when he paid I wonder why he was able to find the answer to the Glenn donation question in

Fraud office weighs up NZ First inquiry
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
to donations. The Herald revealed emails showing Owen Glenn believed he had given a donation to New Zealand First. It was later

And you’re one too – Peters deals it back
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
in the Register of Pecuniary Interests after revelations that billionaire Owen Glenn had given Mr Peters – who had repeatedly denied getting a donation from Mr

Peters walks out on journalists, won’t answer questions
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
which warrants prompt consideration.” Mr Peters’ has refused to give detailed answers to questions over a $100,000 donation from Owen Glenn, donations from the

Editorial: PM must exact an explanation
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
could simply say so, just as he finally admitted that his 2005 litigation costs had benefited from a $100,000 donation from expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn.

Brian Rudman : Democracy is worth paying for
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
jointly attended the opening of his biggest benefaction, the Owen Glenn Building
at In Australia, any political donation over $10,500 has to be declared by

No reason to doubt Peters’ word, PM says
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The meeting followed publicity over a $25,000 donation Sir Robert Jones says follows Mr Peters admitting his lawyer received $100,000 from Owen Glenn to help

Deborah Hill Cone: The Porkbuster’s just no fun
Monday, July 28, 2008
Oh, and Owen Glenn – size confers authority. pay attention to his worthy campaign not to let Winston Peters off the hook over the Glenn donation, rather than

PM: Public to judge Peters, not the court
Monday, July 28, 2008
NZ First did not declare the donation, and Mr Peters has refused to say what on the heels of Mr Peters admitting he received $100,000 from Owen Glenn to help

Jones seeks answers on $175,000 in gifts
Saturday, July 26, 2008
PETERS’ DONATIONS 1 Owen Glenn donation of $100,000 in 2006: The donation was sought by Mr Peters’ lawyer Brian Henry to pay Mr Peters’ legal costs in his

Peters refuses to answer donation questions – again
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Mr Henry put a $100,000 donation from Monaco-based billionaire Owen Glenn towards Mr Peters’ legal bills – a move that National MP and former Law Society

Kerre Woodham : Death match
Saturday, July 26, 2008
donation from Sir Bob Jones. In locking horns with the millionaire property magnate, Peters may have finally met his match. Despite the fact that Owen Glenn

Peters attacks critics, sidesteps donation issues
Friday, July 25, 2008
the $100,000 from expatriate philanthropist Owen Glenn, which was months receiving money from Mr Glenn, but recently Another is the $25,000 donation from Sir

Peters home – but avoids media
Friday, July 25, 2008
did not know until Friday that Owen Glenn paid $100,000 Mr Peters’ public denials, Mr Glenn believed he this week revealed the Jones donation, and questioned

John Armstrong : Credibility gap becomes an abyss for blustering Peters
Friday, July 25, 2008
Peters had been severely embarrassed by his lawyer finally telling him a $100,000 donation had been received from wealthy expatriate Owen Glenn despite his

Editorial : This one is not a game, Mr Peters
Friday, July 25, 2008
Sir Robert expressed his concern at reports that his donation does not been up to his usual merriment, fielding questions about the Owen Glenn contribution to

Commission: No record of Sir Bob’s donation to NZ First
Thursday, July 24, 2008
He told Radio New Zealand he made a $25,000 donation to the party an inquiry into the $100,000 he received from Monaco-based expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn.

Jim Hopkins: More drops in my anonymous bucket
Thursday, July 24, 2008
To Whom It May Concern (but especially Mr Owen Glenn, Sir Robert Jones and the suggest that you are wonderfully generous folk for whom a $9999.99 donation is a

Semantics spare Peters … for now
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
him to keep the $100,000 Owen Glenn gave towards his legal costs. Facing her second day of defending Mr Peters over revelations about the donation, the Prime

PM defends Peters but questions unanswered (+ video, photos)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
NZ First is facing possible inquiries into a $100,000 donation by expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn, revealed by the Herald, and new allegations were made by

PM: Peters won’t have to pay back Glenn money
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
not be required to pay back the $100,000 he received from Owen Glenn to pay facing a possible inquiry into whether he should have declared Mr Glenn’s donation.

John Armstrong : When an old enemy may have his uses
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
as “one of the great parliamentarians of our age” when his failure to disclose the $100,000 donation from wealthy expatriate Owen Glenn actually displayed

Controversy spreads on NZ First donations
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
and could not be contacted about whether they had concerns about any donation. Brian Henry, had just told him that billionaire businessman Owen Glenn had paid

PM cautious as Peters backlash continues
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Did Owen Glenn ever talk to Winston Peters about making a donation? Who told
Winston Peters’ lawyer to approach Owen Glenn for a donation?

Did he breach the rules?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
If Owen Glenn’s donation to Winston Peters’ legal bill is considered a “debt” or a “gift” it should have been declared. Pecuniary

Mark Keating: Taxing issue of $100,000 donation
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The $100,000 donation by expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn towards Winston Peters’ legal expenses is under heavy scrutiny. Two of

John Armstrong: PM’s strategy designed to rescue Peters
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
National and Act MP Rodney Hide peppered Clark with the unanswered questions surrounding the $100,000 donation from wealthy expatriate Owen Glenn and whether

John Armstrong: Peters and trouble – that’s always a fatal attraction
Monday, July 21, 2008
was as far as the Prime Minister was willing to go when pressed on Winston Peters’ volte-face on the $100,000 donation from expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn.

Key: Winston should apologise for ‘misleading the public’
Monday, July 21, 2008
leader John Key has called on New Zealand First leader Winston Peters to apologise for misleading the public over the $100,000 donation from Owen Glenn.

Peters – no apologies, no regrets, but feeling the heat
Monday, July 21, 2008
Winston Peters’ lawyer says a tip-off led him to approach billionaire Owen Glenn for a large donation to the NZ First leader’s legal bills.

John Armstrong: Leader’s vanity harming his party’s high horse branding
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The handling of the Owen Glenn donation will be widely seen as more evidence that when it comes to party funding, NZ First is just as bad as other parties.

Editorial: Stop digging, Mr Peters
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Only Winston Peters knows why he decided to deny receiving a donation from the hapless (and utterly respectable) expatriate benefactor Owen Glenn.

Nats question whether Peters has acted ethically
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Owen Glenn has made no secret of the fact that he “Helen Clark needs to explain why Mr Glenn thinks he’s the fact that he’s made a substantial donation to Mr

Peters admits to Glenn donation
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Winston Peters last night admitted he received a donation from billionaire expatriate Owen Glenn – after repeatedly denying the story for a week.

Peters sticks to his guns over funding
Saturday, July 19, 2008
First convention he did nothing wrong during the Owen Glenn funding row had strenuously denied ex-pat billionaire Glenn had made a $100,000 donation to him

Matt McCarten: Donors running a mile from donations to political parties
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Look at poor Owen Glenn – the very politicians who swooned over Winston Peters had come through for Glenn, he’d and no doubt drop a substantial donation to New

Fran O’Sullivan : Refusal to speak on donation row raises doubts on would-be consul
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Weekend Herald indicating that billionaire Owen Glenn spread some Frankly, I was surprised Glenn didn’t himself up to clear up this business of his donation.

Editorial: Peters skidding on a slippery slope from moral high ground
Saturday, July 19, 2008
his late, lame admission that expatriate billionaire Owen Glenn did, in Steve Fisher: “Are you saying,” Glenn wrote, “I should deny giving a donation to NZ

Bill Ralston : Latest admission very risky
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Winston Peters’ embarrassing admission, despite months of blustering denials, that he had received a $100,000 donation from businessman Owen Glenn poses some

Audrey Young : Difficult to go hard on Peters right now
Saturday, July 19, 2008
bottom of contradictions between what Winston Peters and Owen Glenn said – except to get an assurance from Peters that his party did not receive a donation.

Peters warns that Labour and National can’t be trusted
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Most recently Mr Peter strongly denied his party received a donation from Owen Glenn,while The New Zealand Herald published emails suggesting he had.

Peters: ‘I just found out Glenn gave me 100k’
Friday, July 18, 2008
in respect to Mr Owen Glenn, that he should break this policy and inform me that Mr Owen Glenn had donated in Mr Glenn did not make the donation to the NZ

Jim Hopkins : All for the sake of a pesky question mark
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Are you saying I should deny giving a donation to New Zealand First? When I did? – Consul-in-Waiting, Mr Owen Glenn. A very nice

Peters gives Clark assurance on donation
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
So she could simply get on the phone to Owen Glenn.” Mr Glenn has freely When speculation arose in February about a donation, former party president Dail

Heat back on Peters over cash donation
Monday, July 14, 2008
Helen Clark to find out whether Foreign Minister Winston Peters told the truth when he denied his party had received a donation from billionaire Owen Glenn.

Peters and Glenn still talking
Monday, July 14, 2008
offer to give the paper access to the party’s accounts, in a bid to prove it did not receive a donation. Owen Glenn says he donated to New Zealand First.

Peters remains quiet on donation emails
Sunday, July 13, 2008
First leader Winston Peters is keeping tight-lipped after leaked emails cast doubt on his denials that billionaire Owen Glenn made a large donation to the party

Audrey Young: Lack of explanation may damage Peters
Sunday, July 13, 2008
billionaire Owen Glenn had not given to the New Zealand First Party when emails from Mr Glenn to his PR man in Auckland say that he had given a donation to New

Emails refuel row over political cash
Saturday, July 12, 2008
emails suggest repeated denials by Foreign Minister Winston Peters that his New Zealand First Party received a donation from businessman Owen Glenn appear to

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