MPs splash the taxpayer cash
New Zealand politicians spent over $1.4 million of taxpayers' money on travel and accommodation costs in the first quarter of 2016.
Parliamentarians spent $472,777 between January 1 and March 31 on accommodation while travel expenses added up to $927,347 according to the data released today.
New Zealand First has the dubious honour of being the biggest spender per capita with the Winston Peters-led party racking up around $15,984 per MP so far.
Labour is a close second with $15,444 per MP, and a total spend of $494,218. National spent the most money ($501,820), while the Greens ran up a $203,135 bill.
United Future, and its one MP Peter Dunne, did not spend a cent of taxpayer money.
1. NZ First, $15,984 per MP
2. Labour, $15,444
3. Greens, $14,509
4. Maori Party, $12,234
5. National, $8,505
6. ACT Party, $655
7. United Future, $0
Source: New Zealand Parliament