Greens bar media from fundraiser

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

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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.

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