Emily Watt and Tracy Watkins have a look at the scandals from the last election.
Among them is the $158,000 of public money which New Zealand First wrongly spent on their campaign.
Winston Peters said the party has now donated that amount to charities, but who’d trust him on that?
In August, The Dominion Post canvassed 45 prominent charities, who all said they had not been approached and would have turned it down.
Even if the party made the donations that doesn’t discharge the debt to the tax payer.
Until it’s repaid every cent spent on their campaign is a cent they owe us which tells us that getting re-elected is more important to them than paying their debts.