According to stuff.co.nz, ACT list MP Heather Roy has signed up for the territorial army.
And after all the mud-slinging in Parliament, crawling on her belly through muddy ditches at Waiouru holds no horrors for the 42-year-old Karori mother of five, who is to start her six weeks of basic training this weekend. Way to go.
"I thought long and hard about it and have been considering doing it for some time," she said. "It's now or never."
Ms Roy, who has been going to gyms for 12 years, said she passed the basic fitness test with ease and was looking forward to the training "with equal amounts of enthusiasm and trepidation".
"I know it's going to be pretty hard but I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Asked if the public would get good value for the salary she was paid as an MP, she said she had timed her army training so she lost the least parliamentary time possible. She had also made provision for her parliamentary work to be covered while she was away.
To avoid any suggestion of double dipping she plans to give her territorial pay to a charity approved by the Returned and Services Association. You can't say that is a bad idea.
"What the taxpayer will get out of me is somebody who has a much better perspective of how things operate at a grass-roots level in the defence force."
She said there was unlikely to be any clash between soldiering and politics, or her role as ACT's national security spokeswoman. In fact it will give her some excellent insight on how the military needs to be built up in NZ.
"I don't expect there are going to be any state secrets." Is there any though?
Military rules will bar her from political activities while she is on duty or in army uniform as you'd expect. I am sure it would raise some eyebrows in the house if she rocked up to Parliament in Military fatigues.
She said there was no argument about her absence from ACT leader and Epsom MP Rodney Hide, the party's only other MP, and she had the blessing of Defence Minister Phil Goff and Speaker Margaret Wilson.
Excellent... NZ needs more people like ACT MP Heather Roy. Good on you.
Question is..... Do YOU think it is a good idea for her to be doing this?