The highest-spending ministers revealed

Labour's David Parker had the highest expenses of ministers in the past three months while New Zealand First's Shane Jones spent the most regionally. 

The latest expenses of ministers has revealed David Parker, the Minister for Trade and Export Growth, spent a total $146,508 from April to June. 

That includes Wellington accommodation, out of Wellington accommodation, domestic air travel, surface travel, and Cabinet-approved international travel. 

The second-highest overall spender was Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who spent a total $139,862, followed by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters who spent $108,812. 

Peters' expenses were slightly down from the last quarter when he spent a grand total of $135,951 over three months from January to March.

Looking at expenses locally, the Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones spent the most at $44,728, followed by the Prime Minister on $40,341. 

By comparison, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges spent a total of $45,006 over the three months, slightly higher than the $44,153 he spent from January to March. 

His spending was less than half of the $113,973 he spent in the June quarter last year during his 'getting to know Simon' roadshow. 

The three Green Party ministers James Shaw, Julie Anne Genter, Eugenie Sage and under-secretary Jan Logie, clocked up the lowest overall spend out of the Government's three parties. 

The Greens' total spend was $83,034, compared to New Zealand First's four ministers and under-secretary with a combined $331,167, and the 20 Labour ministers who spent around $1.2 million. 

In total, ministers and under-secretaries spent around $1.6 million over the three months. 

Ministers' total spend from April to June


  • Andrew Little $83,340 total 
  • Poto Williams $34,663
  • Carmel Sepuloni $61,277
  • Chris Hipkins $22,949
  • Damien O'Connor $95,389
  • David Clark $32,016
  • David Parker $146,508
  • Grant Robertson $55,047
  • Iain Lees-Galloway $40,321
  • Jenny Salesa $40,049
  • Kelvin Davis $52,901
  • Kris Faafoi $59,032
  • Megan Woods $107,151
  • Nanaia Mahuta $80,302
  • Peeni Henare $28,288
  • Phil Twyford $39,098
  • Stuart Nash $35,160
  • Willie Jackson $32,373
  • Michael Wood $21,149
  • Jacinda Ardern $139,862

New Zealand First

  • Fletcher Tabuteau $42,384
  • Ron Mark $82,069
  • Shane Jones $64,688
  • Tracey Martin $33,214
  • Winston Peters $108,812


  • Eugenie Sage $27,076
  • James Shaw $25,174
  • Julie Anne Genter $15,781
  • Jan Logie $15,003


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