The Point of Order check on Beehive press statements – which suggests ministerial globetrotting has been on hold during the Christmas-New Year holiday period – tries to keep watch over just one governmental rat-hole. But Wellington is riddled with these rat-holes – far too many for the news media to monitor, especially in an era when newspapers and broadcasting companies are having their more experienced watchdogs put down and increasingly treat their audiences as consumers rather than concerned citizens.
Readers should be grateful, therefore, for the work of organisations such as the New Zealanders Taxpayers Union.
The union has alerted us to Ministry for the Environment officials “enjoying luxurious trips abroad...”
Since July 2017 – it says – the ministry has spent $769,955 on international flights, at an average cost per person per trip of $6,637. Continue reading “How MfE mandarins make a jumbo contribution (at our expense) to greenhouse gas emissions”