New Plymouth District Council has corrected information it gave the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union regarding ratepayer-funded flight expenses in 2017/18.
A Council spokesperson states:
Former Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre director’s Simon Rees’ overseas travel was not ratepayer funded.
Supplied information should not have included three overseas trips by Mr Rees, which were funded by the Molly Morpeth
Canady Fund. This funds all the director’s travel and associated expenses.
Therefore, the updated total of the Council’s 2017/18 flight spending is $279,355, $23,121 of which was international
travel. The Council keeps its place as the country’s fourth-highest spender on air travel for 2017/18.
The original information release, along with this update, is available at www.taxpayers.org.nz/new_plymouth_flights
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