Audrey Young suggests in this morning's Herald that it may have been the Spencer Trust which paid the $40,000 in costs awarded against Winston Peters. But didn't peters say that Brian Henry paid it, then he paid Henry back? Here's what Aud says:
The formerly secret Spencer Trust may have paid the $40,000 court costs awarded against Winston Peters in his unsuccessful Tauranga electoral petition against National MP Bob Clarkson.
Such a payment would have been perfectly legal but it would be at odds with what the privileges committee has previously been told by Mr Peters, the New Zealand First leader, and his lawyer Brian Henry.
And a declaration to Parliament may have been required.
The Serious Fraud Office is conducting an investigation into donations to the Spencer Trust for New Zealand First and is thought to have submitted evidence to the privileges committee this week.
This turgid mess gets worse by the day - well, worse for the underemployed Foreign Minister ('E's not dead; 'e's restin'!) that is!