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.
Ministry of Social Development bosses could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees by providing staff with rose-tinted spectacles, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.
A report out today reveals the Ministry is spending over half a million on a programme aimed at changing the culture within the department using colours
National has admitted new laws to crack down on loan sharks, truck shops and dodgy credit merchants aren’t up to the task of protecting vulnerable consumers, Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.
“Paul Goldsmith has acknowledged the laws might just be good enough for now. However it’s clear from people dealing with families who fall victim to loan sharks that the law changes don’t go far enough.
Labour MP for Mana Kris Faafoi has welcomed the move to place the services from the Mana Post shop to a local small business.
“This is the best outcome for the community we could ask for. All the vital services the community said it wanted to be protected have been. So for the most part the community is not being put out to access the services it has for decades,” Kris Faafoi said.
While public service workers are experiencing Grinch-like wage increases state sector bosses have pocketed early Christmas presents in the form of whopper pay hikes, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.
“Unbelievably State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie got an additional $50,000.