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New Zealand cabinet ministers cash in on freebie rugby tickets

MOST New Zealand MPs and cabinet ministers accepted free tickets to the Rugby World Cup last year, information released on Wednesday shows.

 
 

New Zealand Cabinet Ministers

MOST New Zealand MPs and cabinet ministers accepted free tickets to the Rugby World Cup last year, information released on Wednesday shows.

The MPs annual register of pecuniary interests shows the tickets were offered by big corporate sponsors, including casino operator Sky City.

Those who accepted Sky City tickets included Phil Goff, when he was leader of the Labour Party, his deputy Annette King, and Labour MPs Kris Faafoi, Clayton Cosgrove and Trevor Mallard.

Sky City is involved in controversial negotiations with the government to build a $NZ340 million ($A264.01 million) convention centre in exchange for being allowed more pokie machines in its casino.

Cabinet minister Gerry Brownlee was given a framed All Black World Cup jersey, reported in the register as “value unknown”.

Prime Minister John Key was given the most gifts, which is usual as he met numerous foreign leaders during the year.

He also listed bottled water from Premium NZ Trading Company in his registry entry.

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English was given free tickets to the Australian Women’s Open tennis final, which he attended courtesy of the Victorian government.

 
 

 
 

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