Church man fails to disclose National link in SkyCity submission

The electorate chairman of a National MP has been taken to task by an arm of the Catholic Church for giving select committee evidence in support of the SkyCity convention centre deal.
Seamus Donegan appeared before the committee of MPs on behalf of the Catholic Church’s Justice and Peace Commission.  The problem is that the Church’s Justice and Peace Commission is actually against the deal. It has since distanced itself from Donegan’s submission.

“The Catholic Church had to come out the next day with a statement saying that was wrong and they were misrepresented,” Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said.

It also was not disclosed that Mr Donegan is the electorate chairman for a National MP who is on that select committee, Pesta Sam Lotu-Iiga, National MP for Maungakiekie.

Mr Lotu-Iiga told ONE News he did not disclose this to other members of the committee.

Ms Turei said Mr Lotu-Iiga “should have told the committee that this man was his electorate secretary, and particularly given he misrepresented the submission”.

Mr Lotu-Iiga said Mr Donegan probably should have disclosed his electorate role. Continue reading


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