John Banks says he kept political donor Kim Dotcom briefed on the progress of his application to buy 45 hectares of Kiwi land for $45 million.
The statement has been backed by Dotcom - but Mr Banks' "good friend", Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson, denies any information came from him.
Cabinet (sic) minister John Banks has admitted he was not "up front" over his relationship with Kim Dotcom because of legal advice.
OPINION: If John Banks is serious about doing the right thing by National and his mate John Key, he should step aside now.
John Banks says he never lied about internet billionaire Kim Dotcom's $50,000 donation to his 2010 mayoral campaign but says he erred in not answering questions about the affair more openly.
Scandal-embroiled John Banks and Winston Peters were joined at the hip on the way to Wellington. Don't they make a sweet pair?
love the crawlie/slitheries!
Are there any in this country?
In my experience they're not especially rare in either Auckland or the Shore. In winter they often try to come in the house, but being less than adept at using door handles, generally confine themselves to the porch.
They seem to be larger than life.
Camera was literally about 1cm from subject.
PS. Thanks, everyone else, for the great shots.
Donator is a word.
Yeah, in America.
When the law says "know", does it mean in the same sense as "beyond reasonable doubt" in a court of law, or is it more absolute?
As I understand it, the latter for local elections & the former for general and by-elections.
Why? Just because!
though it makes some sense
Knowing what Banks is like, it makes absolute sense.
This is only getting bigger tomorrow. About half a million people just saw the Q+A performance for the first time on Close Up.
My understanding is that the New Years fireworks came months *after* all this.
Yeah, I'm confused now. Need a timeline.
No need to remember helicopter flight. Log book (and pilot) confirm it.
Had to retract, on the grounds that not now 100% sure I heard right.