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Red-faced MP tries to give back cash

After being scorned by government MPs, New Zealand Labour’s Trevor Mallard is trying to refund the money he made by selling tickets to a sold-out local music festival for nearly double their face value.

 
 

After being scorned by government MPs, New Zealand Labour’s Trevor Mallard is trying to refund the money he made by selling tickets to a sold-out local music festival for nearly double their face value.

The Hutt South MP sold four tickets to the Homegrown festival, which takes place in Wellington this weekend, on auction site Trade Me for $NZ656 ($A515.40), or $NZ164 each.

The tickets have a face value of $NZ95 each.

In parliament on Thursday Mr Mallard had to suffer taunts, jokes and jeers from National MPs.

He denies scalping and says he sold the tickets, listing them at face value, because he had another engagement.

He let the auction run higher because he believed the tickets were worth it to whoever was trying to buy them.

Now he’s trying to contact student Laura Signal, 19, to offer her a refund, Fairfax reports.

 
 

 

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