19 Dec 2019

John Minto calls for investigation over Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel political donations

11:22 pm on 19 December 2019

Former Christchurch mayoral candidate John Minto is the second person to lay a complaint against current mayor Lianne Dalziel over undeclared election donations.

Veteran activist John Minto has announced his second bid for the Christchurch mayoralty.

John Minto contested the Christchurch mayoralty this year. Photo: RNZ / Katie Todd

Minto is asking the city council's electoral officer to investigate why Dalziel has only revealed the identity of six people, who each donated more than $1500 to her campaign.

They donated through an auction her husband ran. She only declared the total amount that came from him.

Minto alleges Dalziel used the same system before winning the mayoralty in 2016.

"Lianne Dalziel is a lawyer herself. She's run numerous campaigns, political campaigns. She did not want to identify the major donors to her campaign and I don't think acceptable and I think we need an investigation to get to the bottom of it."

The six donors were revealed yesterday as Wei Min Lu ($17,850), Yong Chen ($3920), Zhe Cheng Tan ($2800), Jiang Ping Wang ($2350), Grandland Investment Ltd ($2950) and Yang Xia Wu ($1750).

Dalziel today blamed her husband for the lack of transparency, saying he had believed the donors who gave more than $1500 did not need to be declared, and she had acted on his advice.

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Lianne Dalziel with her husband Rod Davidson. Photo: RNZ / Katie Todd

She said she now regretted it and apologised for not taking independent advice.