What can $12,000 get you at a party these days?
The Taxpayers' Union is up in arms about the dollar price tag for Winston Peters’ farewell party, and the Prime Minister is sending a 'please explain' to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the bill.
But is it that much for a party?
Anna Dean is a party expert who has thrown events from red carpet premieres through to soirees for the likes of Google.
She told Heather du Plessis-Allan that it sounds like a bargain, given how many people were there.
She says, given Peters' three years as a Minister, she estimates the price is " less than 10 cents a day."