Greens bar media from fundraiser

ANDREA VANCE
Last updated 13:15 21/05/2014

Relevant offers

Politics

Winston Peters win in Northland could alter balance of power David Bain compensation case: Taxpayer costs mount John Key vouches for Tony Abbott, a mate in need Dream run so far as Little clocks up 100 There's no reason the Maori Party can't succeed TSB Bank writes off Solid Energy loan Conflict museum could cost city $18m Tony Abbott blunt in Iraq war message to NZ Former professional baseballer Mark Gilbert goes in to bat as US ambassador Secret death panel planned

The Green Party is demanding transparency of political donations - but will hold a closed door auction to raise funds later this month.

Last month co-leader Russel Norman called for more details about National's Cabinet Clubs - where ministers mix with donors over lunch or breakfast. The money raised from ticket sales goes into National party coffers.

It sparked a ''cash for access'' row with Norman saying the Government has put democracy up for sale, and calling for a ministerial disclosure regime.

However, the Greens are coy about their own fundraising methods. An agenda for next weekend's annual day meeting shows the media are barred from a pre-lunch ''party fundraising session'' on the last day of the three-day conference.

A spokeswoman explained the half-hour meeting is an auction for party members. It was a ''fun'' session closed so guests could ''let their hair down.''

Co-leader Metiria Turei has crocheted a blanket which will be offered for sale.

''It's not $10,000 a pop,'' the spokeswoman said, referring to National's fundraising events.

The Green's AGM will take place in Silverstream, Upper Hutt over Queens Birthday Weekend. Australian senator Scott Ludlam is a guest speaker.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content