Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, October 23rd, 2015 - 16 comments
Categories: accountability, national, Parliament, parliamentary spending, Steven Joyce - Tags: extravagance, MBIE, spending, steven joyce
Gosh, how predictable was this:
Super-ministry’s $800,000 bill for media monitoring slammed
An $800,000 bill for media monitoring at the Government’s business super-ministry has put its spending in the spotlight again, with Labour accusing it of “wallowing in extravagance”.
The big bill is just the latest embarrassment for MBIE in a series of financial misfires this year.
In June, the ministry was the subject of ridicule in Parliament, after it emerged it had spent more than $67,000 on a new sign in front of its Stout St headquarters in Wellington, $140,000 on a 3.5m curved screen in its reception, $74,000 on a reception desk and $70,000 on a sculpture. It had also installed hair straighteners in the women’s bathrooms, although later reports suggested they had been removed. A $560,000 bill in September for an MBIE website overhaul also caused an outcry, with the Taxpayers’ Union saying it was “an extraordinary amount to spend on a website, and it’s not even that good”.
Labour state services spokesman Kris Faafoi said MBIE had “become a bloated caricature of itself, wallowing in extravagance and having a whale of a time at the expense of taxpayers”. …
I don’t think I have anything to add to Faafoi’s summary. This is a government that is thoroughly comfortable spending up large with taxpayer’s money – on itself.