King, Browning in top spenders

GLENN CONWAY AND CATHIE BELL
Last updated 07:34 03/02/2014

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Marlborough's two MPs were among the biggest spenders on travel and accommodation in the last three months of last year.

Figures released by Parliamentary Service showed National's Kaikoura MP Colin King spent $12,887 on air travel, $5450 on cars, $568 on accommodation outside Wellington, and $5565 on Wellington accommodation between October 1 and December 31, totalling $24,470.

Green list MP Steffan Browning, who lives in Marlborough, spent $7941 on air travel, $5216 on road travel, $2601 on accommodation outside Wellington.

Mr Browning spent $4800 on Wellington accommodation during the same time, totalling $20,558.

The South Island's 27 list or electorate MPs spent more than $380,000 on travel and accommodation in the same period.

The biggest spending non-minister was Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner, who claimed $41,561 which included $27,380 in air travel, $9217 on Wellington accommodation, $4669 on surface travel (cars, taxis) and $295 for accommodation outside the capital.

The most frugal MP was Selwyn MP and Cabinet minister Amy Adams, who claimed $1319 in expenses.

Nationally, MPs spent more than $3.8 million on travel and accommodation in the last quarter of 2013, $11 million for the year.

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- The Marlborough Express

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