11 Jun 2018

Peters' $400,000 suit over superannuation leak

8:04 pm on 11 June 2018

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is taking legal action seeking $400,000 for breach of privacy over the leaking of his superannuation overpayment details.

Winston Peters

Winston Peters Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Papers were lodged in the High Court in Auckland today.

It was revealed during last year's election campaign that Mr Peters had been mistakenly overpaid superannuation for seven years.

He paid the money back when the error was discovered, but was furious the information was leaked to the media.

- Timeline: Winston Peters' superannuation overpayments saga

The legal action is against the heads of the Ministry of Social Development and State Services Commission, the Attorney-General on behalf of the Ministry of Social Development and the former National Party ministers - Anne Tolley and Paula Bennett.

Mr Peters had launched a case against four National Party ministers and two journalists but later dropped the action against the journalists.