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Monaco-based billionaire Owen Glenn has provided evidence, including phone records and emails, that New Zealand First leader Winston Peters spoke to him more than once before obtaining a donation from him.

Mr Glenn was appearing before Parliament's privileges committee which is considering whether Mr Peters broke Parliament's rules about declaring gifts or debts over Mr Glenn's $100,000 donation.

Mr Peters denied knowing about the donation until July this year and says he did not ask for it.

Mr Glenn said Mr Peters called and left a message on his telephone service on December 5.

Mr Glenn said he returned the call and Mr Peters asked for financial assistance.

"I called Mr Peters on 14 December 2005 to inform him that I agreed to contribute."

Mr Glenn provided phone records to show the call to Mr Peters' cellphone.

After the call, Mr Glenn got an email from Mr Peters' lawyer Brian Henry who directly referred to the call.

Mr Peters says the request was made in a phone call by Mr Henry.

The money was used to pay for Mr Peters' legal costs to challenge the 2005 electoral result in Tauranga, where he lost to National's Bob Clarkson.

The Glenn donation is separate to scrutiny that donations to NZ First are undergoing from the Serious Fraud Office, police and Electoral Commission.

Source: NZPA

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