New Zealand PM to auction arm cast for charity

January 29th, 2009 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, Jan 29 (Xinhua) A cast worn by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on his broken arm will be auctioned for charity, New Zealand media reported Thursday. Key said Wednesday that he will put the cast on the TradeMe website and the money it fetches will go to a charity in Solomon Islands, the reports said.

He made a day-long visit to Solomon Islands capital of Honiara on his way back to New Zealand from a special Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Papua New Guinea. At that meeting, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had signed Key’s cast.

Key said that New Zealand police officers serving in the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands suggested he sell the cast to the highest bidder.

He is putting it on Trade Me with a 1,000 NZ dollars ($523) starting bid.

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