Finance politicians Grant Robertson, Paul Goldsmith to face off in game of Monopoly

A chance to join the game is being auctioned off on Trade Me.
A chance to join the game is being auctioned off on Trade Me. Photo credit: Getty

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and National's Finance Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith are set to go head to head in a game of Monopoly for charity.

The Cancer Society is auctioning off the chance to join the game on Trade Me, which comes as Auckland's Daffodil Day fundraiser is cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

"Here is your once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase your financial planning skills against two of our finance politicians," the advertisement says.

"The Hon Grant Robertson and the Hon Paul Goldsmith are stepping out of the chamber and taking on the greatest of all financial challenges - a game of Monopoly NZ edition.

"Will they go for broke, or put money away for a rainy day? Will they join forces? Or are they playing winner takes all?"

Goldsmith says he expects it to be a lively game.

"If you think the debating chamber is heated this will be something else, and it's all for a very good cause," he wrote on Facebook on Monday.

The auction's winner and a friend will get to join the politicians in the game over dinner in Wellington on September 4.

Bidding is already past $5500 and closes at 10pm on August 24.

Auckland's Daffodil Day was due to take place on August 28, but on Tuesday, chief executive Andrew Young announced it had been cancelled due to the alert level 3 restrictions and rising cases of coronavirus.

"Cancelling the street appeal for Auckland has been heartbreaking and it has been one of the toughest decisions we have had to make."

He says thousands of volunteers had worked for months in preparation for the fundraising event, but they supported the decision.

About $1 million is at stake, and Young is asking people to donate online.

Other fundraiser auctions for Daffodil Day include a limited edition replica Colin Meads All Black jersey, an Edmund Hillary limited edition, signed replica ice axe, and a day at Cable Bay Adventure Park with multisport athlete Richard Ussher.