Ministers' travel bill tops $1m

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 01/08/2014
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In the past three months Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew's expenses included a dinner in New York, two new diplomatic passports and a trip to Beijing.

The Department of Internal Affairs released the ministerial expenses for April, May and June yesterday.

During that period Goodhew spent $57,083.

Almost half of that was on a trip to China, which cost the taxpayer $23,000.

However, that was only a dip in the ocean of international travel expenses for ministers during that time, which amounted to over $1 million.

Goodhew had been in New York to attend the United Nations Commission on the status of women.

While there she spent $143.41 on her credit card on a dinner at Capital Grille for herself and her private secretary who had accompanied her.

Figures were also released for Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean.

She has spent $33,662 of which $23,853 was spent on travel, both surface (on land) and air.

She spent $8000 on accommodation in Wellington and $1809 out of Wellington.

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- The Timaru Herald

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