Metiria Turei made the stunning admission at the Green's party conference while introducing their new welfare package.
Wellington Hospital asked for a donation, but Mark Dunajtschik came back with something even better.
National wants to do more to put more money in people's pockets and reduce the pressure on those families most in need," he said.
The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has just published her long awaited report into allegations made by US whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
The family believe his death wasn't properly investigated because he was gay, and are calling for the diplomat to return to Fiji.
Josateki Narube plunged from the second floor balcony of an apartment block in the early hours of October 31, 2015.