Parliament expenses released: Top 10 spenders

Parliamentary Services has publicly released the expenses claimed by MPs in the last quarter.

Collectively, they spent a total of $2.1 million on air travel, surface travel and accommodation costs between April 1 and June 30.

That's slightly more than the total spending for the same period in 2017, which was $1.9 million - but the makeup of Parliament has been shaken up since then.

The biggest spenders behind leader of the opposition Simon Bridges were National MP for Clutha-Southland Hamish Walker and New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson.

The expenses for Ministers from Labour, Green and New Zealand First aren't included as they are released separately by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The travel and accommodation costs incurred by MPs vary depending on where their home base is as well as the size and location of their electorates.  

The top ten biggest spenders:

  • National leader and MP for Tauranga Simon Bridges: $113,973
  • National MP for Clutha-Southland Hamish Walker: $39, 387
  • NZ First list MP Mark Patterson (Clutha-Southland based): $37,778
  • National MP for Waitaki Jacqui Dean: $34,796
  • National MP for Taupō Louise Upston: $34,434
  • National MP for Rotorua Todd McClay: $32,561
  • National MP for East Coast Anne Tolley: $31,867
  • National MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye: $31,517
  • Labour list MP Kiri Allan (East Coast based): $31,303
  • NZ First list MP Jenny Marcroft (Rodney based): $30,734