New Zealand First voted with the government all the way through the Electoral Finance Act. New Zealand First speakers, Winston Peters included, were scathing towards National throughout the debate, both in the House and outside. Therefore, it can be reasonably concluded that New Zealand First, and Winston Peters, endorse the Electoral Finance Act.
So has Winston Peters breached the EFA this morning? He is currently running the morning talkback show on Newstalk ZB nationwide. I just heard him tell a caller, in reply to a question about whether the caller should party vote or electorate vote for NZ First, that if he "wanted an insurance policy for New Zealand, he should give his party vote to New Zealand First".
OK - I am no legal expert. But we know that we are in the "regulated period". So is Winston in breach of the EFA for making such a statement, clearly designed to solicit party votes for his party, on a talkback programme where he is the host? Will the commercial cost of the programme be charged to New Zealand First as an electoral expense, and disclosed in the party's post-election return?