29 Apr 2020

Elton John, U2 tickets among gifts given to PM

4:47 pm on 29 April 2020

Sports games, music concerts, and helicopter rides were some of the popular gifts received by MPs.

Elton John waves to fans on stage during the "Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A GRAMMY Salute" concert at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Elton John. Photo: AFP

The office of the Speaker has released the Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests, which includes a summary of MPs' interests as at 31 January this year.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received a range of gifts, including tickets to Elton John's concert, and U2's - with those tickets gifted by lead singer Bono.

Other gifts included products from Loreal, a lifetime subscription to TIME magazine, and tickets to Warriors and All Blacks matches.

National leader Simon Bridges also scored free tickets to U2, and tickets to the Bledisloe cup.

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, and National's Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee both received cuban cigars from the Cuban Embassy or Ambassador.

And helicopter flights were a theme amongst National MPs, with nine declaring they were gifted a free rides.

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