John Banks is unlikely to be able to lay claim to the Maori Throne. Not successfully, anyway.
Accordingly it will be difficult for him to argue that a conviction for breaking the law around electoral donations might disqualify him from sitting on that throne one day . A conviction therefore is on the cards, when he turns up to learn what sentence has been decided for him, even though his offence is not in the same anti-social league as the burglary and drunken driving that landed a certain high-ranking indigenous person in trouble.
Well over half the people questioned about Banks’ fate in a survey accordingly have a fair chance of finding the judge goes along with them when they say they want him convicted.
Banks – it will be remembered – was leader of the Act party before he resigned last month. He was a former government minister, too.
Alas, he was found guilty in the High Court at Auckland of knowingly filing a false electoral return.