Letter to the Speaker
News broke on Wednesday that Mana Party leader Hone Harawira had erected hoardings for the election which displayed the crest of the House of Representatives. This led to questions about how the hoardings had ben funded – had taxpayers’ money been used?
When we questioned if taxpayers’ money had ben used by the MP, Mr Harawira aggressively claimed that funding for the hoardings had not come from Parliamentary Service.
So why do they all contain the crest? It’s a symbol that generally denotes that taxpayers’ money has been used to purchase advertising or other goods and services.
We have written to the Speaker in order to gain some clarification on this matter.
The rules applicable to fundings MPs receive are clear:
- Taxpayers’ money should not be used for, or in a way that could be seen to promote a candidate or party during the election; and
- The House of Representatives crest should not be used on materials that contain electioneering.
Which rule has been broken? And what repercussions, if any, are likely to follow?
We’re looking forward to the Speaker’s ruling and response.