Yesterday blogsite thestandard.org.nz revealed Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully held shares in Widespread Portfolios, a New Zealand investment company with mining interests at home and overseas.
The Government is drawing up a discussion document about the prospect of mining in parts of the conservation estate.
Yesterday Mr McCully downplayed the significance of the shares, saying he had tried to sell them and would continue trying to sell them.
“They’ve been in my hands since about the year 2000. I declared in them in the appropriate fashion, there are a total of 184 shares and their market value is approximately $31.63.
I don’t doubt our Foreign Minister’s principles are for sale but I venture they’d cost a bit more than $31.
It’s a shame that the mainstream media keep following up silly blog stories like this and Chris Carter’s ferry ride instead of looking into Idiot/Savants allegations around the appointment of government lackeys to the Human Rights Tribunal.