Horan silent over allegations
New Zealand First MP Brendan Horan – a former TVNZ weatherman, entertainer and sports enthusiast – remains stood down from Parliament following allegations large sums of money went missing from his late mother's bank account.
He’s now lying low at his Mount Maunganui home on full Parliamentary pay – that's $140,000 a year.
3 News went to see him but got no comment, so the explaining was today left to his boss.
“I said to him stay back in Tauranga and get all the facts and make them available to me - and that's where things stay,” says NZ First leader Winston Peters.
Mr Horan was stood down this week amid the allegations that relate to money which disappeared before his mother Olwen Horan died in August.
3 News tracked down one of the brothers concerned to ask about the missing money. But the main person making the allegations has gone underground.
Mana Ormsby is Mr Horan’s half-brother. He lives in the Bay of Plenty, but doesn't want to comment, and doesn't want to be found.
A forensic examination of Olwen Horan's bank account is now underway. But how long will Mr Horan sit at home, on full pay, courtesy of the taxpayer?
“Look, when I’ve got the facts I’ll let you know,” says Mr Peters.
Mr Horan made a colourful entry into Parliament, but now risks a colourful exit, if the allegations are proven.