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Some MPs Look After Their Retirement Better Than Others

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The annual register of MP's financial interests was published today, and as usual gave no indication of how much they're worth.

It sets out where their assets are invested, how many properties they own and gives details of their overseas travel without saying how much it cost.

It does show that some are taking more care with their retirement plans than others.

Some have only one superannuation scheme but many have two and some have three, including Labour MPs Darren Hughes and Tim Barnett, and National's Richard Worth and David Carter.

Labour's Martin Gallagher tops the super list -- he has four schemes.

Independent MP Taito Phillip Field and National's Bob `the builder' Clarkson both have an impressive number of properties, while at the other end of the scale there are several who list just one home.

Family trusts are scattered around the register and some MPs have directorships -- National's Murray McCully lists six.

Prime Minister Helen Clark has two houses, one in the UK, a town house, an apartment and an investment property. She has one super scheme, and a mortgage.

National's leader John Key doesn't list any properties. He has three company directorships, shares and bonds in three companies, a family trust and two super schemes.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has land in Whananaki and property in the Bay of Islands, a family trust and one super scheme.

Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples has a family home, an apartment in Wellington and land at Waipukurau, one super scheme and two mortgages.

The party's other co-leader, Tariana Turia, has a jointly owned home in Whanganui, a house in Wellington and one super scheme.

The Green's co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons doesn't live a simple life -- she has two company directorships, interests in five companies, a home in Thames and two super schemes.

ACT's Rodney Hide has a home in Auckland, interests in two companies and one super scheme.

United Future leader Peter Dunne has a jointly-owned family home in Wellington, interests in three companies and one super scheme.

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