20 Jul 2022

NZ First Foundation case: Donation handlers win permanent name suppression

9:08 pm on 20 July 2022

The two men charged over the handling of donations to the New Zealand First Foundation have won a bid for permanent name suppression.

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Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

The pair were on trial last month, accused by the Serious Fraud Office of obtaining nearly $750,000 by deception between 2015 and 2020.

They denied deceiving the New Zealand First party by collecting and spending money the Crown argued should have been treated as donations - with reporting obligations.

The High Court judge who heard the case says the identities of the men are less important than the role they played and the principle of open justice has been largely meet.

The verdicts are expected on Friday.

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