McCully joins Flying Squad

Written By: - Date published: 5:31 pm, May 3rd, 2011 - 6 comments
Categories: national, politicans - Tags: , , ,

With his RNZAF jaunts to photo-ops, John Key has set an example his ministers seem keen to follow.

Having seen Key use Air Force helicopters to enjoy the V8s and do karaoke at the Parachute festival, Murray McCully has learnt that our Air Force is there to ferry about ministers.

On 13 February our Foreign Minister flew to Vanuatu on a RNZAF Boeing 757 to attend a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group on Fiji.  The following day he returned from Vanuatu on a P-K3 Orion. The flying times of both of these flights indicate a round trip. In other words, one aircraft took him up and another was dispatched to bring him home.

Total cost: at least $75,000.

An equivalent fare on a commercial flight is a maximum $4,000 and probably much cheaper.

As we live in frugal times, surely the convenience of a personal plane is a “nice-to-have”?

Murray McCully: another minister Out of Touch.

6 comments on “McCully joins Flying Squad”

  1. Sean 1

    Breath taking waste.

  2. David 2

    Are you sure of the facts here?

  3. Ben as an up and coming politician
    Please explain how Kiwisaver is going to pay out to the 18 – 30 year olds in 35 – 47 years time?
    When growth is now next to imposable, as we are past peak energy, both fossil fuels, hydro, and the energy we need ie food.
    Please break the mold and tell the truth about this utter con. it would be great to know there is one politician with the guts to admit the king has no clothes this is still ‘in the mail’ to every politician

  4. prism 4

    A comment I heard had it that the helicopters being used by our chief polly had to do a certain number of hours in the air and that probably ferrying our PM could have been done within those guidelines and so it might not have cost anything extra. Anyone know about this? And how many hours they have to fly in how many days?

  5. Raymond A Francis 5

    A bit of a short term emory loss syndrome here, remember M iss Clark getting a ride home from Australia when the Unions, yes the aussie Unions, blacked her flight

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