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The Detail – a podcast from RNZ/ Newsroom: Screwing the scrum on Democracy: A rapid escalation – NZ First’s donations issue


A Podcast from RNZ and Newsroom

This Episode –  12 February 2020

The RNZ website notes:

Bernard Hickey, the managing editor of Newsroom Pro, says it’s “déjà vu all over again” as the Serious Fraud Office investigates the party’s New Zealand First Foundation.

“We’re back where we were 12 years ago,” he says.

But he’s taken aback at the speed at which the 2020 version has escalated.

“I was surprised to see the SFO to be involved so quickly here,” he says.

In 2008 the issue had been rumbling on for months and months before the dam broke.

The last time New Zealand First’s electoral finances were referred to the SFO was in August 2008, when it was reported rich-listers Sir Owen Glenn and Sir Bob Jones had donated to the party. Winston Peters stood down as Foreign Minister in the Labour-led government and the party lost its place in Parliament in the election four months later. Days before election, the SFO had cleared the party and Peters – but the damage had been done.

This time round, leaks which have come out through Stuff and RNZ appear to show there are multiple donations sneaking under the $15,000 threshold required to declare the name of the donor.


However, it would be interesting to hear other views

Plus I suggest you read this – Chris Trotter attacks Peters and political corruption and sideswipes Saint Jacinda for good measure

According to Newsroom,

Newsroom has been commissioned by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund to produce a new daily news podcast designed to explain the stories behind the headlines. 

Called ‘The Detail’, it aims to help listeners dive deeper into the big stories to help give an understanding of what’s really going on. We will pick out the news that matters and explain it in detail and in context.

The Detail will be fronted by journalists Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton, and produced by Alexia Russell. We will be drawing on not only Newsroom’s award-winning journalists, but the best reporters from throughout the country; along with experts in their fields.


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