Shane Jones has hinted the upcoming capital gains tax announcement could include relief for the regions.
The Regional Development Minister declined to comment on what exactly the Government has come up with, following the Tax Working Group's recommendations, which were made public in February.
The Regional Development Minister told Newshub Nation on Saturday revealing its contents was off-limits.
"There's various ways that I could be sacked," he told interviewer Tova O'Brien.
"One of them that will definitely get me sacked by the end of this programme is if I offer any view whatsoever in terms of what lies exclusively in the realm of my leader and Prime Minister."
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Asked if he could give assurances that "farmers and regional businesses" wouldn't be hit hard, Jones gave one of his typically cryptic replies.
"Well, in the near future, all I would say is that to the folk who have dirty boots and hard-working calloused hands, watch this space."