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  • John Archibald Banks, CNZM, QSO is a New Zealand politician. He was a member of Parliament for the National Party from 1981 to 1999, and for ACT New Zealand from 2011 to 2014. He was a Cabinet Minister from 1990 to 1996 and 2011 to 2013. His Parliamentary career was ended by a conviction for filing a false electoral return, which was later overturned by the Court of Appeal. In between his tenures in Parliament, he served as Mayor of Auckland City for two terms, from 2001 to 2004 and from 2007 to 2010. When seven former smaller councils were combined into one to run the Auckland 'supercity' in 2010, Banks unsuccessfully ran for mayor again. The electoral return that he filed after that campaign, detailing donations received and campaign expenses, was found to be false in a 2014 court case. He resigned as a Minister when charges were brought against him in 2013, and as an MP days after being found guilty in June 2014. The conviction was entered on 1 August, briefly rendering him unable to stand for Parliament again or continue serving as a JP. Banks appealed the case to the Court of Appeal, and the conviction was overturned in late November 2014.

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