Helen Clark excused New Zealand First’s failure to report donations as required by law because they were amateurs.

There are thousands of other voluntary organisations run by real amateurs who manage to meet their legal reporting obligations so amateur joins the growing list of invalid excuses for the party’s donations debacle.

But “amateur” doesn’t fit the experience and qualifications of the party’s office holders anyway.

Keeping Stock has a comment made by Turlough on Kiwiblog which counters that by listing the qualifications and experience of the party’s office holders. Members of the professional groups to which they belong do not normally regard themselves as “amateurs”.

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