According to Stuff, Peter Brown told reporters that NZ First's failure to declare two donations totalling $50,000 in 2005 was "a genuine mistake".
Spare us Mr Brown. Save your words for when the nice man from the Serious Fraud Office comes a'calling, as he surely will. Whilst Peter Brown seems to be a decent enough bloke, he should, as Deputy Leader of Parliament's third-largest party realise that this is a matter solely for the SFO to canvass as part of its investigation into potential "serious and complex fraud" with regard to New Zealand First's funding.
There seem to be strong indications that at least $50,000 of donations to NZ First channelled via the Spencer Trust were undisclosed. Mr Brown should no better than to try and soft-soap the media, especially when it is the same media that his leader regularly criticises and villifies. NZ First can't have it both ways, however desirable that might seem just at the moment.