John Banks loses paternity case, is found to be father of Antony Shaw
Former Auckland Mayor John Banks has lost a paternity case, in which he refused to co-operate.
On Friday, Justice Patricia Courtney ruled in the High Court in Auckland the social conservative and former Cabinet minister is the paternal father of Antony Shaw.
Shaw is a 47-year-old English language teacher who lives in Japan with his wife and son.
In the court proceedings, he contended that he was conceived during a relationship between his mother and Banks in the late 1960s.
Banks, who would have been 22 at the time, refused to undergo a DNA test.
But in her decision on Friday, Justice Courtney said she was "satisfied on the balance of probabilities that Mr Banks is Shaw's father".
The judge also said while summing up the case that Shaw's mother, Pamela Mayes, had made "serious allegations" against Banks.
Mayes' evidence was that she met Banks at a party when she was 19. She was a nurse at Waikato Hospital and Banks was a travelling salesman for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
Mayes said she and Banks spent a night together at a motel opposite Te Rapa Racecourse and she subsequently became pregnant.
She said when told of the pregnancy, Banks encouraged her to terminate it and arranged for a friend who worked for another pharmaceutical company to obtain quinine tablets in the hope of causing a miscarriage.
Mayes described a time when both Banks and his friend told her how many tablets to take, but she was scared and refused to take them.
She said after refusing to take the pills "John [Banks] did not want to know me".
However, she said between 1971 and 1973 she moved to Auckland and her relationship with Mr Banks resumed, before it broke up again.
In 1974 Mayes married her current husband, with whom she has four children.
Shaw was raised by the couple and Mayes didn't tell him John Banks was his father until he was 29, the judge said.
Shaw asked the judge to declare that Banks – a wealthy businessman – is his next of kin.
There would then be legal implications relating to potential claims against his will.
Banks has three children, two boys and a girl, who he and wife Amanda Medcalf adopted from a Russian orphanage in 1995.