John Banks has lost a paternity case.
A High Court judge has ruled the former Cabinet Minister and Auckland mayor is the paternal father of Antony Shaw.
Antony Shaw filed legal proceeding against the former Auckland mayor and Cabinet Minister alleging Banks had a relationship with his mother in the 1960s and that he is Banks’ biological son.
Shaw asked the judge to declare that Banks is his next of kin.
Such an order would have legal implications for Banks’ will.
The woman – who said in a sworn affidavit she became pregnant after having sex with Banks in a Hamilton motel – claims she refused to take the pills and the two-term Auckland mayor ended their relationship.
She also claims he encouraged her to form a new relationship then pretend her next sexual partner was the child’s real father.
She subsequently did – perpetrating the lie for three decades – she says in a sworn affidavit.