Jared Savage at the Herald reports:
Controversial businessman Donghua Liu has issued a new statement to the Herald confirming “close to” $100,000 in total payments to Labour and its MPs – including anonymous donations – but clarifying that the money was not for one bottle of wine.
Today, Liu said: “I did say I made a contribution of close to $100,000 and that is my closing comment in my statement…that is how much I believe I have donated in total to Labour and some of their MPs during their last term in Government.”
He said the figure was the total payments to Labour and its politicians which included the wine auctions, a $2000 donation to the Hawkes Bay Rowing Club, the Yangtze River trip and anonymous donations to MPs.
“I have no reason to inflate this number. It’s as best as I can remember,” said Liu.
So the figure of $100,000 – the original Herald story claimed it was $150,000 – that Liu insists he donated to Labour includes $50,000 to $60,000 that he spent on a staff function on the Yangtze River, which Rick Barker attended, and the money he gave to the Hawkes Bay Rowing Club, which is, y’know, not actually the Labour Party, but rather a rowing club?
This is a fucking joke.