Police will take no action against Whakatane mayor Tony Bonne for exceeding his electoral expenses limit during last year’s local body election.
Police said yesterday that while Mr Bonne spent more than the $20,000 limit, an investigation begun early this year found he took all reasonable steps to ensure he did not exceed that figure.
Detective Inspector Tim Anderson, the Bay of Plenty police district crime manager, said section 136(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001 provided for a fine where a person spent more than the limit.
I am confident the Police have reached the correct outcome having sought independent advice and having reviewed the decision at a regional and national level. Bonne can now get back to the business of running Council without having this cloud hanging over him.