As previously mentioned, the NZ Herald has started a baublewatch column, with the initial entries being:

1. Base salary up from $120,000 as a minor party leader to $171,600 for minister outside Cabinet.

2. Access to ministerial cars.

3. Qualifies for a VIP diplomatic passport.

4. Overseas trips to Korea (last week) and Malta and the UK (this week).

5. A trophy photograph for his wall of him in the background of an international line-up with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Another one they can add on is:

6. Around $1 million in funding (total is $23 million for all offices) for his ministerial office, including around 10 extra staff.

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