Cat gyms and golf: MPs declare their gifts

Cat gyms and golf: MPs declare their gifts

Sometimes being an MP has its perks, with a cat jungle gym, helicopter rides and golf clubs among the things declared as gifts in the register of pecuniary interests.

The list of every New Zealand MPs' interests in companies, trusts, property and their overseas travel has been released, with several interesting presents declared as at January 1 this year.

Probably among the weirdest is a cat jungle gym given to National MP Nikki Kaye by Pallet Kingdom, which makes furniture and art out of recycled pallets.

 

Here are some highlights of some of the gifts and experiences MPs received last year:

John Key:

Cat gyms and golf: MPs declare their gifts

 

Nikki Kaye:

Cat gyms and golf: MPs declare their gifts

Judith Collins:

Cat gyms and golf: MPs declare their gifts

Paul Foster-Bell:

Cat gyms and golf: MPs declare their gifts

Andrew Little:

Cat gyms and golf: MPs declare their gifts

Meanwhile, Mr Key and Mr Little are men of very different means, the register shows.

Mr Key has listed a family trust and a blind trust, a family home in Auckland, a holiday home at Omaha in the Rodney district and another in Maui, Hawaii.

He has interests in a Colorado property investment company and invests in a parliamentary retirement plan.

The Prime Minister also lists the Antipodes Trust Group Limited as a debtor, having declared a short-term deposit in the company which specialises in foreign trusts using New Zealand as their "jurisdiction of choice".

Mr Little lists a jointly-owned family home in Island Bay, Wellington. He has a KiwiSaver scheme and a mortgage.

The register doesn't show how much money MPs have invested in property and trusts. 

MPs have had to outline their pecuniary interests every year since 2006, with each gift worth at least $500 needing to be disclosed.

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