The Serious Fraud Office is investigating New Zealand First Foundation:
The SFO had been considering whether to launch an investigation after police handed in a complaint from the Electoral Commission last November.
That followed reports by RNZ about the way the foundation had been handling donations, and questions about disclosure and donors’ identities.
It referred the matter to the police, who promptly sent it to the Serious Fraud Office last week.
The commission said it had formed the view the secretive foundation had received donations that should have been treated as donations to New Zealand First.
“The Commission does not have the investigative powers to form a view about whether this failure to transmit and the non-disclosure means offences have been committed,” the commission said.
The commission passed its findings to police last Monday, and police immediately referred that on to the SFO. . .
Justice can’t be rushed but this is a situation which requires fast action.
This has been under consideration since November. That’s around three months which, even allowing for the Christmas shut down, is a long time.
In less than seven months, people will be casting early votes.
That there is an investigation could have a significant impact on the election and voters need to know the outcome so they can make a fully informed decision before they vote.