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Ministers' expenses 1/4/12 to 30/6/12

Published: Thu 2 Aug 2012 02:40 PM
Ministers' expenses
Information about travel and accommodation expenses for members of the Executive (Ministers of the Crown). Expenses are administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.
Link here to spreadsheet of Ministers Expenses 1 April 2012 to 30 June 2012:
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See also: Ministerial credit card expenses (July 2012 release)
For an explanation and description of the information above, see: Understanding Ministers' expenses (below)
For earlier disclosures of expenses for members of the Executive, see: Previous disclosures.
For information about expenses for members of Parliament please go to: www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MPs/Expenses
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Understanding Ministers’ Expenses – 1 April to 30 June 2012
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Information on the expenses disclosed by the Department of Internal Affairs for members of the Executive
Members of the Executive (Ministers of the Crown) require financial resources and support services to fulfill their responsibilities and to service the public efficiently and effectively. Their entitlement to these resources and support services is specified in the Executive Travel, Accommodation, Attendance and Communications Services Determination (No 2) 2009 (the Determination).
In the Determination the following principles are applied in the use of publicly funded resources by members of the Executive:
• expenditure must be reasonable for the circumstances and able to withstand tax-payers’ scrutiny
• expenditure must be for official ministerial purposes only
• expenditure must be properly documented and supported with tax invoices/receipts
• expenditure must be able to with stand audit scrutiny
• expenditure should represent value for money and cost-effectiveness.
This fact sheet provides information on the expenses disclosed by the Department of Internal Affairs for members of the Executive under the Determination. The Department of Internal Affairs is subject to the provisions of the Official Information Act 1982 and has previously released information on expenses for members of the Executive.
Period of disclosure
The expenses shown in the attached table were brought to charge in the period covered by the release as per the records held in the Department of Internal Affairs’ financial system.
Accounting processes mean that costs in the financial system for each month do not always reflect expenses incurred in that month.
Information disclosed
In addition to the financial resources and support services provided to members of the Executive under this Determination, they are provided with certain entitlements as members of Parliament under a determination administered by the Parliamentary Service. Information on these expenses is disclosed separately by the Parliamentary Service.
Expense categories for members of the Executive include:
•Air travel
o Domestic – airfares for members of the Executive.
o International – expenses include airfares, accommodation, internal travel, receptions and related travel costs as these costs are not recorded separately.
International travel for members of the Executive funded from Vote Ministerial Services is approved by Cabinet or in the case of travel to Australia, by the Prime Minister. Travel expenses shown may include costs for the Minister and any accompanying spouse, staff, members of Parliament or students where relevant, as these costs are not recorded separately.
•Surface travel – expenses include VIP Transport Services (Chauffeur drive and self drive vehicles), ferry, trains, taxis and may include the Minister, spouse/partner, accompanying staff as these costs are not recorded separately.
•Wellington accommodation – The Department of Internal Affairs attends to the Wellington accommodation requirements of Ministers with non-Wellington primary places of residence in two ways:
1. Official Residences. The Department of Internal Affairs manages, maintains and services a small number of official residences owned by the Crown.
2. Wellington Accommodation Payment.
Further information on the Implementation Plan for the Wellington Accommodation Payment can be found in the Prime Minister's announcement of 7 September 2009: www.beehive.govt.nz/release/ministerial+accommodation+decisions+announced
•Out of Wellington Travel Expenses – includes hotel, meal and incidental expenses for members of the Executive.
All expenses are exclusive of GST, FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax) and depreciation as applicable.
Statutory framework
Members of the Executive are also members of Parliament and, as such, have all the entitlements to travel, accommodation, attendance, and communications services that the Speaker determines, under section 20A of the Civil List Act 1979. These entitlements are set out in the Speakers Directions.
The entitlements for members of the Executive as specified in the Executive Travel, Accommodation, Attendance and Communications Services Determination 2009 are additional or alternative to the entitlements they receive as members of Parliament. These entitlements are determined by the Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services, under section 20A of the Civil List Act 1979.
Under the Public Finance Act 1989 the Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services is the Responsible Minister for Vote: Ministerial Services.
The Department of Internal Affairs’ policies and administrative processes provided accountability for the way in which Ministerial Services funds are appropriated.
Future Disclosure
The Department of Internal Affairs will provide future information on the expenses of members of the Executive on a quarterly basis.
Previous Disclosures
Previous disclosures (including Ministerial Accommodation Review and Executive Travel and Accommodation Determinations)
Related information
Ministerial credit card expenses (August 2012 release)
MP's disclosures (information about expenses for members of Parliament at: www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MPs/Expenses)
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Party Minister Wellington Accomm-
odation
(Ministers only)Out of Wellington Accomm-
odation
(Ministers only)Domestic Air Travel (Ministers only)Surface Travel (Ministers, Spouse and Staff)Sub Total Internal Costs Official Cabinet Approved Internat-
ional Travel(A)
ActJohn Banks 3,568 - 5,311 8,729 17,609 -
Total Act/3,568 - 5,311 8,729 17,609 -
Maori
Pita Sharples6,940 446 16,769 53,573 77,692 46,365
Maori
Tariana Turia8,630 3,095 10,594 33,134 55,453 15,524
Total Maori/15,534 3,54127,36386,706133,14661,890
NationalJohn KeyAllocated Crown Owned Property 348 9,830 63,666 73,844 112,253
National
Bill English-1,231 9,608 40,603 51,442 3,369 NationalGerry BrownleeAllocated Crown Owned Property 184 6,967 18,158 25,309 72,934 NationalSteven JoyceAllocated Crown Owned Property 1,697 12,052 43,697 57,446 63,547 NationalJudith Collins8,630 72 7,103 37,355 53,160 21,983 National
Tony RyallAllocated Dept Owned Property 762 8,092 14,295 23,149 2,390 NationalHekia ParataN/A 1,839 8,385 21,643 31,868 6,614 National
Chris FinlaysonN/A 2,019 8,177 20,907 31,103 21,246 NationalPaula Bennett8,825 452 7,188 21,089 37,554 - NationalDavid Carter6,904 2,379 15,525 34,490 59,298 38,048 National
Murray McCully6,904 191 6,207 23,034 36,336 230,291 National
Anne Tolley8,630 794 9,143 11,088 29,656 11,247 NationalJonathan Coleman8,630 - 6,765 17,407 32,803 70,856 NationalTim Groser8,630 204 4,200 16,210 29,245 211,997 NationalPhil Heatley8,630 497 12,049 26,098 47,273 41,318 NationalKate Wilkinson4,687 947 9,027 18,793 33,453 33,866 NationalNathan Guy6,904 503 5,016 19,337 31,760 30,624 NationalCraig Foss6,904 1,109 5,376 9,839 23,227 21,153 NationalAmy Adams7,931 630 8,170 14,541 31,271 55,997
National
Chris Tremain 4,161 316 10,337 10,328 25,142 4,196
NationalMaurice Williamson6,904 609 7,235 19,811 34,559 30,847
National
Jo Goodhew8,466 2,042 12,397 15,594 38,500 18
National Chester Borrows 6,904 723 10,755 22,568 40,950 -
National Simon Bridges 6,085 936 8,861 - 15,882 8,650 NationalNick Smith N/A236 - 420 656 5,838
Total National/124,731 20,719 208,465 540,970 894,884 1,099,281 United FuturePeter DunneN/A - 7,350 15,066 22,416 47 Total United Future /N/A - 7,350 15,066 22,416 47 Total All Parties /143,833 24,260 248,490 651,471 1,068,054 1,161,217 Melissa Lee MP (B)//////8,507 Todd McClay MP (C)//////9,725 John Hayes MP (D)//////7,724 Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga MP (E)//////58
Notes
Excludes GST, FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax) & Depreciation as applicable
(A) Ministers, spouse, staff, MP’s or students where relevant
(B) Costs relating to travel by Melissa Lee MP, on behalf of Hon Judith Collins to Semarang, Indonesia to attend the 6th Asia-Pacific Interfaith Dialogue.
(C) Costs relating to travel by Todd McClay MP, on behalf of Hon Bill English to Manila, Philippines to attend the Asia Development Bank Annual Meeting.
(D) Costs relating to travel by John Hayes MP, on behalf of Hon Murray McCully to Japan to attend the 6th Pacific Island Leaders’ Meeting.
(E) Costs relating to travel by Pesta Sam Lotu-Iiga MP, on behalf of Hon Hekia Parata to attend the Samoa 2012: Celebrating 40 Years of Independence Celebrations.

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