‘Jun­ketro­bil­lia’ auc­tion

Hawke's Bay Today - - Nation -

Act leader David Sey­mour is auc­tion­ing his piece of “jun­ketro­bil­lia” from a brief tax­payer-funded trip by two se­nior MPs to Ja­pan when the All Blacks played there. Speaker Trevor Mal­lard and shadow leader of the House Gerry Brown­lee flew to Ja­pan busi­ness class and spent about 48 hours there be­tween No­vem­ber 2 and 4, at a cost of $24,000. The trip in­cluded meet­ings with po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness lead­ers, pro­mo­tion of aca­demic links be­tween the na­tions, and watch­ing the All Blacks beat Ja­pan’s Brave Blos­soms. Sey­mour has been crit­i­cal of what he called a jun­ket that had more to do with watch­ing sport than talk­ing diplo­macy. In a tongue-in-cheek post on the auc­tion site Trade Me, Sey­mour is of­fer­ing a Brave Blos­soms scarf at a “buy now” price of $1000. “Trevor Mal­lard and Gerry Brown­lee went on a $24k 24-hour diplo­matic mis­sion to Tokyo when the ABs just hap­pened to be play­ing there and all I got was this scarf . . . Trev tried to buy my si­lence with the gift of an authen­tic Can­ter­bury Brave Blos­soms scarf from the trip. Since he’s the Speaker of Par­lia­ment it was kind of an of­fer I couldn’t refuse, but you can ben­e­fit as the owner of this unique piece of Kiwi jun­ketro­bil­lia, and raise money for a great cause.” Pro­ceeds go to the Make A Wish Foun­da­tion.

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