Thursday, 30 November 2023, 12:41 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
The Taxpayers’ Union can today reveal that Grant Robertson’s attendance at the Rugby World Cup final in Paris cost taxpayers $39,605. Included in the cost was more than $32,000 in business class flights and more than $5000 in accommodation costs for the Minister and his staffer.
Taxpayers’ Union Campaigns Manager, Connor Molloy, said:
“After six years of frivolous spending, it seems Mr Robertson has taken one last ride on the taxpayer-funded gravy plane with a trip that amounts to nothing more than a lavish getaway for personal entertainment.
“Grant Robertson - and also Christopher Luxon who endorsed the travel - must front up to taxpayers and explain what value this trip created for New Zealand. Arguably it would’ve been better for New Zealand rugby to simply buy three rugby balls for every high school in the country, instead taxpayers spent $40,000 with nothing to show for it.
“Many families are struggling with
the cost of living, yet politicians remain willing to blow
the equivalent of more than five years of tax for a minimum
wage worker on a holiday most of us could only dream of. All
publicly-funded international travel must have increased
scrutiny to ensure that value-for-money is actually being
delivered, otherwise we are simply socialising the costs of
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