22 Oct 2013

National Party chair defends not disclosing position

8:43 pm on 22 October 2013

A National Party electorate official doesn't believe he needed to disclose his position when appearing before a select committee on the SkyCity convention centre deal.

Seamus Donegan made a submission to the Commerce Committee on behalf of the Social Hazards Committee of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Church in Auckland.

The commission released a statement afterwards, saying some of the views expressed by Mr Donegan were personal.

Mr Donegan is also the electorate chairperson for the Maungakiekie MP, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, who is a member of the select committee.

The Green Party says either Mr Donegan or Mr Lotu-Iiga should have disclosed his party position on the day.

But Mr Donegan says his involvement in the National Party had no bearing on the written submission or his oral remarks.

Mr Lotu-Iiga says it was up to Mr Donegan to disclose his electorate position and, in hindsight, probably should have done so.

Mr Lotu-Iiga says he did not ask Mr Donegan any questions when he made his submission.