NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 28 Apr, 2021 07:45 am

Māori Party donations referred to Serious Fraud Office

Māori Party donations referred to Serious Fraud Office
Māori Party donations referred to Serious Fraud Office.

Māori Party president Che Wilson.Photo / Bevan Conley The police have referred the issue of donations to the Māori Party to the Serious Fraud Office for further investigation, they said tonight.In its statement, the Electoral Commission said it was forwarding the matter to the police "for further investigation relating to failure to declare donations or aggregated donations over $30,000 made to the Māori Party within 10 working days.Māori Party president Che Wilson told RNZ that a mistake had been made and it lay with party volunteers who had been "learning the ropes".

The Electoral Commission had previously referred the matter of party donations totalling $320,000 to the police: $158,000 from former party leader John Tamihere; $120,000 from Aotearoa Te Kahu; and $50,000 from the National Urban Māori Authority.As soon as the party had found out about the error, it had made contact with the Electoral Commission.

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