Field defends censure vote on Peters

By Claire Trevett

MP Taito Phillip Field - who will face trial on bribery and corruption charges next year - has defended his decision to support Parliament's censuring of Winston Peters.

Mr Field was one of those who voted for Mr Peters to be censured by Parliament last week for failing to disclose a $100,000 donation from billionaire Owen Glenn towards his legal costs.

Mr Peters has claimed the privileges committee was biased and hit out at the Maori Party for betraying him and at Mr Field, saying theMangere MP "did not understand loyalty".

Mr Field acknowledged Mr Peters had supported him. "I have a lot of time for Winston and I am supportive of him. I've always considered Winston a friend, but I had to make an honest decision which had respect for the privileges committee process."

Labour and NZ First were the only parties which voted against the motion of censure.

Mr Field said he read the privileges committee report, in which the majority decided Mr Peters had known of the donation in December 2006 and had failed to include it in the Register of Pecuniary Interests. "It wasn't about siding with anyone. It was a question of having faith in the privileges committee ..."

* Meanwhile a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority about a Tui billboard saying: "When Winston says no, he means no. Yeah right." has failed.

The complainant, N. Keesing, said it was "defamatory and racially discriminating towards Winston Peters".

The authority ruled that it would be seen in a humorous light and did not meet the "threshold to effect a breach of the code of ethics".

- NZ Herald

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