According to the Companies Office, Bill English lives at an address in Karori in Wellington.
This address is publicly available on the Companies Office website as he is registered as a shareholder in Resolution Farms Limited, whose shareholders are Simon William English and Mary Agnes English.
Like every other citizen who is a shareholder and director in a company his address is publicly available.
But Bill says to Parliament that his real address is in Dipton, in rural Southland. This is so he can claim that the taxpayer stump up for his rent for the family home.
In Britain, this was called “flipping” – changing address so that the more expensive house could be claimed on.
News that Bill is now offering to pay half back is only half right. He has lived in Wellington for years and should pay it all back.
Update: English’s residential address has been removed. While his place of residence is a legitimate matter of public interest and the point of this post, some have pointed out that the exact address is not necessary for the substance of this article. It’s disappointing to see some people jump to conclusions over the motivations behind the post. There was certainly no intention to be spiteful. This was a simple matter of using information that English has put on the public record for the purpose of public debate.