Fancy yourself as a sleuth?
Today, Stuff.co.nz provides readers with the chance to absorb contentious MPs' expense claims and receipts and determine what is worthy of further investigation.
After an extraordinary week that has seen three Labour MPs demoted for misusing their credit cards while Labour was in power, we are placing thousands of receipts and documents online for you to see if you can spot anything we missed.
The company has drawn its inspiration from the Guardian newspaper in Britain, which enlisted the help of readers to research tens of thousands of MPs' expense claims.
A crowdsourcing application has been launched today and will be added to, both in content and functionality, over coming days.
What a great idea! If we didn't have a full day of work ahead of us, we'd be first in the queue, because we LOVE to help! Meanwhile, Tracy Watkins gives an insight into the breadth of the task ahead:
Political editor Tracy Watkins says it has been a marathon effort to check each item of expenditure, with most offices still only part-way through the task. Given the scale of the job, she says it has been impossible so far to give many documents more than a cursory examination – although our research is continuing.
"But we have spent the past few days scanning the documents so we can make them available to our readers online. Now we ask for your help in sifting through the claims and receipts to spot anything we may have missed."
As we said above, this is an excellent innovation by the Dom-Post. It will be interesting to see what a bit of amateur detective work can come up with.