4 Dec 2019

Foreign donations bill passes third reading

From Checkpoint, 5:44 pm on 4 December 2019

A bill cracking down on foreign political donations has passed its third reading in parliament, with MPs using it as an opportunity to air the dirty laundry of other parties.

The government introduced the legislation banning foreign donations over $50, after warnings overseas money was being used to influence politics in New Zealand.

Foreign donations are also part of the ongoing inquiry into the 2017 general election Parliament's justice committee. MPs on that committee will consider a request from two former senior New Zealand First officials who want to share their concerns about the party's past handling of donations.

RNZ political reporter Charlie Dreaver has the details.