Today in politics: Saturday, December 14

16:00, Dec 14 2012

REVENUE MINISTER ON STREET SEEKING SPARE CHANGE

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne was snapped outside Parliament collecting money yesterday, but it didn't take long for the speculation to start. Was IRD using its minister to secretly trial a new tax collection method? If it worked, would collectors be stationed outside Google and Facebook in the hope they might hand over more tax than they are paying through the normal channels? The answer was more tame – he was collecting for Wellington City Mission.

 

'TIS THE SEASON TO SEND ODDLY DECORATED CARDS

The entries are in and Courts Minister Chester Borrows wins the coveted ‘‘Card of the Year’’ award for a message featuring his own painting of an old farmhouse. Labour’s Darien Fenton is runner-up for the (not very festive) Natchez Hudson painting ifNo Surrendernf. Cards with pohutukawa were automatically marked down. In last place was Trevor Mallard, who not only sent a pohutukawa card but used the same card as in 2011.

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