Does any really believe that Winston Peters has copies of the Dunne/Vance emails? I think he’s probably bluffing on this one.
It’s hard to imagine how Peters could get his hands on these. Peter Dunne is hardly going to pass them on. If Andrea Vance had a senior Minister leaking her sensitive documents she’s hardly going to destroy his career by betraying him to Peters for no apparent gain. If any of the Ministerial Services IT staff had accessed Dunne’s email account it would show up in the audit trail and they’d lose their jobs.
But we do know that Dunne passed on 44 ‘edited’ emails to David Henry, and that Winston Peters seems to know a great deal about what’s been happening inside the Henry inquiry. He knew they’d interviewed Dunne, that they didn’t do so under oath, and that he wasn’t releasing his records. So my guess is that Peters has the emails that were handed over to the Henry inquiry. If that’s the case then Dunne was very wise not to hand over the rest of his correspondence.