The Government plans to pass legislation under urgency to ban foreign donations over $50 to political parties and candidates.
The Bill also requires party secretaries and candidates to take reasonable steps to ensure donations aren’t from foreigners.
Thirdly, the Bill requires party secretaries to live in New Zealand.
Little has decided to introduce legislation to Parliament ahead of the Justice Committee providing him with recommendations on how to address the risk of foreign interference further to its inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections.
The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service in April warned the Justice Committee of foreign interference in New Zealand politics through covert donations, manipulation of ex-pat communities and foreign language media.