Getting the taxpayer to pay for his press secretary to attend a National Party fundraising dinner is the latest in a litany of rule breaking by Cabinet Minister Nick Smith, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.
“Documents obtained by Labour show taxpayers paid $55 for Nick Smith’s press secretary to attend the National fundraising dinner in Ashburton last May.
The State Services Commissioner has given Housing Minister Nick Smith a serious ticking off for his office’s involvement in organising National Party roadshows, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.
“Commissioner Iain Rennie undertook a review of the HomeStart roadshows and of OIA responses from Housing New Zealand following a complaint from me that these taxpayer-funded events were being used to promote National List MP Parmjeet Parmar.
Housing New Zealand has confirmed Nick Smith’s office had a hand in covering up embarrassing information exposing National MPs rorting taxpayer-funding to campaign, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.
“Housing New Zealand has confirmed the Minister’s office blanked out sections of an Official Information Act response which exposed National List MP Parmjeet Parmar using taxpayer money to ‘raise local profile’ in the event of a by-election in Mount Roskill.
The Government needs to take a close look at practices that may be forcing Kiwis to pay more for their insurance or preventing them from taking out insurance, Labour's Commerce spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.
"A report released today raises some questions around the nature of the insurance sales market and whether customers are getting a fair deal.
Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi is calling for the Auditor-General and the State Services Commissioner to investigate concerns that taxpayer money and departmental resources are being used for political campaigning.
“Documents released to Labour under the Official Information Act reveal Housing NZ staff working with ‘National HQ’ on filtering data for a roadshow to promote the Government’s Homestart scheme.
The Government has been caught red-handed trying to hide the fact its MPs have been using taxpayer money for political campaigning, says Labour’s State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi.
Documents released to Labour under the Official Information Act reveal National List MP Parmjeet Parmar wanted to co-host a housing HomeStart Roadshow meeting because she was “keen to raise local profile in case of a by-election”.
Government departments have splurged $600,000-plus over the last three years on flowers to brighten up offices and bouquets to thank and farewell staff and visitors, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.
Figures obtained by Labour show $603,349 has been spent on floral arrangements, bouquets, cut flowers and florists’ services since 2012/13.
Staff of a 69-strong quango have racked up sky-high bills jet-setting overseas to attend international events, while income from the sector it services has dropped 37 per cent over the same period, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.
Figures obtained by Labour show taxpayers forked out close to a million dollars over the last three years on overseas travel ($412,186), accommodation ($260.634) and events and functions ($248,528) for NZ Petroleum and Minerals staff.