There’s a bigger story here, incidentally.
Rodney Hide has been caught out in a lie. The whole ‘fundraiser’ row was all about whether Hide was acting as a Minister (who cannot charge a fee) or a Party leader (who can).
The comments clearly show he was acting talking as a Minister. Of course, everybody knew that, including the PM, but he pretended not to.
Now we have the evidence that Hide knowingly broke the rules. So the Prime Minister must sack him.
Prime Minister John Key said there was no problem with Hide charging as long as he spoke as ACT’s leader.
‘If it’s a genuine part of explaining your portfolio and communicating with audiences, obviously ministers don’t charge for that,’ he said.