A few weeks ago John Key announced that the All Whites would be getting $300k from the taxpayer to help with the media management of their World Cup bid in South Africa.
As Trevor Mallard pointed out at the time, the All Whites are already getting $10 million just for participating in the tournament, with their costs only likely to be about $4 million.
So how does John Key justify they extra $300k from the taxpayer? Today we finally got the answer. Key has just been made patron of the All Whites.
Will all sports teams who offer to make the PM their patron and pose for a photo with him also get $300k?
Like all kiwis, I’m really thrilled the All Whites are going to the World Cup. I was at the game in Wellington when they qualified and I thought the atmosphere was electric. But FIFA is giving them $10 million. They don’t need taxpayer money that could be better spent on grassroots sport.