Key’s pecuniary interests

Yesterday Parliament published the Summary of annual returns as at 31 January 2016.

Coincidentally John Key’s and his financial interests are getting a lot of attention at the moment. here is his declaration:

Rt Hon John Key (National, Helensville)

2 Other companies and business entities

Little Nell – property investment (Aspen, Colorado) Bank of America – banking

4 Beneficial interests in, and trusteeships of, trusts

JP & BI Key Family Trust (beneficiary) Aldgate Trust (blind trust – neither trustee nor beneficiary)

6 Real property

Family home, Parnell, Auckland Office, Huapai, Auckland Holiday home, Omaha, Rodney Holiday home, Maui, United States of America

7 Superannuation schemes

Mercer Individual Retirement Plan (Parliamentary Scheme)

8 Debtors

JP & BI Key Family Trust – trust loan* Bank of America – short-term deposit

ANZ Bank – short-term deposit

Antipodes Trust Group Limited – short-term deposit

10 Overseas travel costs

Korea – official visit

Japan – official visit

Australia – official visit

Turkey – official visit

United Arab Emirates – official visit

Saudi Arabia – official visit

Kuwait – official visit Samoa – official visit

Rarotonga – official visit

Papua New Guinea – official visit

United States – official visit

Iraq – official visit

Morocco – official visit

Belgium – official visit

United Kingdom (x2) – official visit

Viet Nam – official visit

Philippines – official visit

Malaysia – official visit

Malta – official visit

France – official visit

Germany – official visit

The primary expenses relating to all travel were funded by the Crown. Some accommodation, internal flights and/or other incidental expenses were met by the host Government

11 Gifts

Large framed oil painting by William Tseng (item donated) – William Tseng

Wrist watch – Prime Minister of Kuwait

Pen set – Prime Minister of Kuwait

Coin set – Prime Minister of Kuwait

Helicopter flight and golf (Wairakei, x3) – Gary Lane

Accomodation and golf (Kinloch) – John Sax, Southpark Corporation Limited

Ceramic figure ornament of tea ceremony – Party Secretary, Guangdong Province Hu Chuhua

Shoushan stone carved ornament of an eagle (donated to Parliamentary Collection) – Chinese Ambassador

Helicopter flight – Central Water Plains Limited

Framed print of Manly, Australia – Premier Mike Baird

Framed print of motorcycle by Bill Burke (donated to Parliamentary Collection) – NZ Classic Motor Cycles Limited

Comemorative coin, Niue – NZ Mint Limited

Helicopter flight and golf (Tara Iti) – DB Breweries

Helicopter flight and lesson – Christchurch Helicopters

Commemorative coin, Singapore (donated to Parliamentary Collection) – Singapore High Commissioner

Helicopter flight (Kauri Cliffs, x 2) – Trevor Farmer

Honorary golf membership – Remuera Golf Club

Honorary Gold Membership – Wairakei

Set of golf clubs and golf balls – Srixon, Japan

Meat – Anzco

Source (PDF): Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament: Summary of annual returns as at 31 January 2016


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  1. Nelly Smickers

     /  13th April 2016

    Meat – Anzco ??

    • They don’t have to say how much they got. It could have been a one off gift of half a dozen sausages, or it could be a barrel of pork per week.

  2. Zedd

     /  13th April 2016

    Its interesting that many kiwis think Key is just an ‘average guy’ that they can trust & identify with.. all you have to do is scan the above info. to see thats clearly not true.. “WAKE UP people” there is nothing ‘average’ (or trustworthy ?) about him ! 😀

    • I dont think you quite understand why Key is thought to be an ‘average guy’ they can trust and identify with, his wealth and assets arent a factor.

      • Zedd

         /  13th April 2016

        oh really ?
        I tend to trust & identify with people, i have things in common with.. how many ‘average kiwis’ have holiday homes in Hawaii ? OR $million stashed in ‘secret family trusts’ OR jet around the world on a regular basis OR play golf with the USA President.. I’m guessing perhaps, only those in the wealthiest 1-2% !

        This IS Aotearoa/NZ.. not ‘planet Key’.. so yes, maybe it is time to; “WAKE UP Kerry”

        Key is NOT an ‘average kiwi’ 😦

        said it before “….. BUT, you can’t FOOL all the people ALL the time !”

        • Missy

           /  13th April 2016

          I think a lot of people identify with his personality, his background, but also the aspirational side of Key, they see someone who started out in a state house and got somewhere in life, most people want to be able to have a better life, and most people will aspire to that – the fact that there are so many that just seem to be envious of his wealth is another example of the NZ Tall Poppy syndrome, so many in NZ don’t like to see other people succeed whether through jealousy or something else I don’t know, but it is sad that NZers can’t celebrate success anymore – unless we are told by the media to, or it is sports related.

          • Zedd

             /  13th April 2016

            ‘I think a lot of people identify with his personality….’ OR just his BULLSHIT !?

            “would the real John Key please stand up ?” :/ NOT Shon Key 😦

  3. Pete Kane

     /  13th April 2016

    Q2 – 5 were cute. Lot of merit for Q5 in the big picture ‘substance’ sense I thought.
    Q4 says National’s strategists need serious help in the irony stakes.
    And Q3, I’m afraid cofirms many of my concerns over Mr Shaw.

  4. for a moment i thought tama iti had taken him to Golf …


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