Claire Trevett is the New Zealand Herald’s deputy political editor.

Cunliffe admits using trust to take campaign donations

Labour leader David Cunliffe. Photo / APN
Labour leader David Cunliffe. Photo / APN

Labour leader David Cunliffe has confirmed he used a trust to deal with donations to his leadership campaign in last year's run-off for Labour's top job.

Yesterday Mr Cunliffe refused to say whether a trust was used or whether he had declared donations in the Register of Pecuniary Interests as from a trust or from the original donors.

Labour's rules had stipulated donations to the leadership contenders would remain confidential.

However, the Register for Pecuniary Interests requires all donations of more than $500 to be disclosed in MPs' entries.

Mr Cunliffe said today the rules for the two were "slightly different".

"My advice is that we've met both. We did use a trust, the campaign used a trust and I'm happy to be open about that."

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- NZ Herald

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