MPs splash the taxpayer cash

  • 28/04/2016
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