13 Apr 2021

Govt confident no taxpayer money in political party donations

From Checkpoint, 5:50 pm on 13 April 2021

Government ministers are confident no taxpayer money has been caught up in donations to the Māori Party, that have been referred to the police.

A donation of $50,000 from the National Urban Māori Authority, which delivers Whānau Ora services, is one of three that have potentially breached Electoral Commission laws.

The police will investigate whether the laws around declaring donations over a certain size have been breached.

But there's no concern from inside the Beehive that taxpayer funds are involved.

Here's RNZ political reporter Meriana Johnsen.