Today is Tuesday – so where on earth will we find the Minister?

Our report on Winston Peters’ travels to the Nordic countries  prompted us to check the Point of Order monitor of ministerial globetrotting.

The monitor kicked off the month by registering the PM’s brief trip to China and includes the announcement of a follow-up visit by David Parker.

For the record, here’s what we learn about ministers’ use of public money for international travel.  Continue reading “Today is Tuesday – so where on earth will we find the Minister?”

James Shaw’s jetsetting is a drain on taxpayers but a boon to tree-planters

The Taxpayers’ Union reminded us yesterday to check out the Point of Order Jetsetting Monitor, which keeps us abreast of ministerial travel overseas.

The union noted that Climate Change Minister James Shaw spent more than any other government minister on international travel in the last quarter.

“Taxpayers will not warm to James Shaw’s $73,771 international travel spend,” executive director Jordan Williams said.

” The Green Party Leader spent more on international travel than any of his colleagues, including the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.”

But hey – the Ministry for the Environment, for which Shaw is ministerially responsible, claims that flying less is ‘one of the most effective climate change actions you can take.

It’s great to have this advice – except that the MfE itself has spent $769,995 on international travel since June 2017.

“It appears the Climate Change Minister is just as hypocritical,” Williams huffed.

“What is it with politicians and bureaucrats spending our money on jet-setting around the world to promote climate change? How come junkets are more worthy than protecting the planet?” Continue reading “James Shaw’s jetsetting is a drain on taxpayers but a boon to tree-planters”

The summer holidays are over – but where in the world will we find the Minister?

The summer holidays are over, the flow of press statements from the Beehive is increasing and – we may assume – our Ministers will be busy at their desks or with engagements here and there around the country.  Or maybe they are or will be engaged in very important business overseas.

The Point of Order monitor of Beehive press statements has been idle since Christmas but burst back into life yesterday to register four sets of travel plans.

These included confirmation of the European travel plans of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to promote trade “and wellbeing” (good luck with that) which we portended late in January.

This mission includes a meeting with Britain’s Theresa May.  Events in recent days suggest there must have been huge doubt over whether this meeting would be with May or someone else.

With more certainty, the PM looks forward to again meeting Prince William.

Here’s what the monitor showed …. Continue reading “The summer holidays are over – but where in the world will we find the Minister?”

Today is Tuesday – so where in the world will the Minister be?

If they are not hard at work in their Beehive offices, our Ministers will be busy with engagements here and there around the country – or engaged in very important business overseas.

The Point of Order monitor of Beehive press statements in the past week brings no surprises.  The whereabouts of Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Climate Change Minister James Shaw have been given widespread media coverage in recent days – but for the record:

Continue reading “Today is Tuesday – so where in the world will the Minister be?”

Today is Monday – so where in the world will the Minister be?

If they are not hard at work in their Beehive offices, our Ministers will be busy with engagements here and there around the country – or engaged in very important business overseas.

Sometimes we learn where they have been and what they were doing after they return home.

The Point of Order monitor of Beehive overseas travel announcements in the past week shows this… Continue reading “Today is Monday – so where in the world will the Minister be?”

Today is Tuesday – so where in the world will the Minister be?

If they are not hard at work in their Beehive offices, our Ministers will be busy with engagements here and there around the country – or engaged in very important business overseas.

Sometimes we learn where they have been and what they were doing after they make public announcements on their return home.

The Point of Order monitor of Beehive statements in the past week gives these pointers to ministerial globe-trotting … Continue reading “Today is Tuesday – so where in the world will the Minister be?”

Today is Tuesday – so where in the world will the Minister be?

If they are not hard at work in their Beehive offices, our Ministers will be busy with engagements here and there around the country – or engaged in very important business (what else?) overseas.

The Point of Order monitor of Beehive overseas travel announcements in the past week gives these pointers to their whereabouts or where they have been and the nature of their public business.  Here’s what it shows …

Continue reading “Today is Tuesday – so where in the world will the Minister be?”