22 Feb 2020

Labour got donations from two accused in National Party case

7:19 pm on 22 February 2020

The Labour Party says it has received money from two of the people facing charges in relation to National Party donations but says they were above board.

New Zealand parliament; beehive

New Zealand parliament. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Labour Party president Claire Szabo said in a statement that Zheng Hengjia donated $10,000 by buying a piece of art at a silent auction in April 2017.

Additionally Zheng Shijia donated $1940 in 2018.

Szabo said both were included as donations in the Labour Party return filed in the respective years.

The two men, along with Jami-Lee Ross and Zhang Yikun, face charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office in relation to two $100,000 donations made to the National Party in 2017 and 2018.