Winston Peters denied leave to appeal judgment in superannuation overpayment case

Winston Peters
In the original judgment he was ordered to pay $320,000 in costs. Photo credit: Getty Images


Winston Peters has been denied the chance to take his legal battle over the leaking of his superannuation overpayment to the Supreme Court.

The New Zealand First leader and former deputy prime minister took two senior public servants and two former National government ministers to court, claiming they breached his privacy before the 2017 election.

Peters was overpaid nearly $18,000 over seven years, after he did not fill out a section of his application form that asked whether he had a partner.

He immediately repaid it, but information about it was leaked to the media.

The case was heard in the High Court at Auckland in 2019, but in his 2020 judgement, Justice Venning said Peters' claim failed because he could not establish any of the defendants were responsible for the leak.

Peters was ordered to pay nearly $320,000 in costs.

He unsuccessfully challenged that in the Court of Appeal and now the Supreme Court has dismissed his application for leave to appeal.

Peters must pay $2500 in costs.