According to Stuff Housing Minister Phil Heatley has resigned and the PM has rushed back to Wellington to hold a press conference.
Apparently MP spending records for the last three months of last year were released this morning. Coincidence? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Update: RNZ reports Heatley will resign from both his ministerial portfolios.
Update 2: As suspected, “Heatley told the media conference this morning that he had decided to resign after finding another discrepancy in his expenses.”
Update 3:Heatley says he’s resigning because he said one of his non-permitted ministerial credit card expenses was for ‘food and beverages’ when it was actually just for wine. If you believe that you’ll believe anything. Food and beverages is a standard description that quite legitimately covers wine and no minister is going to resign over petty semantics. There’s something else going on here.