$6.2M Hawaiian pad paid for by taxpayers

$6.2M Hawaiian pad paid for by taxpayers

Would you like to own a $6.2 million house in Hawaii? Good news – you already do. But bad news – the Government has bought the place for a diplomat.

It has inspired Story to start up a brand new segment called Silly Spending.

One of the many real estate ads for the home describes it as "ultimate modern luxury".

"The crystal chandeliers are a great touch. The whole effect is one of a jewel box."

It is 570 square metres of exceptional floor plan. It's about four times bigger than your house, if you live in an average New Zealand home.

It's got a pool and spa deck and it's one block from the beach. The house is almost twice the average price of houses around it.

We bought the pad last year for diplomat Rob Kaiwai. He's New Zealand's first-ever Consul-General in Hawaii. We set up that posting last year to help out the 14 diplomatic postings we already had across the United States.

If you're thinking he might need his house for high-powered meetings, that's what the office in downtown Honolulu is for.

Watch the video for the full Story report.

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