Friday, 08 February 2019 16:54

Air miles

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The Hound was astounded to learn that the supposed climate change advocates at the Ministry for the Environment spent $45,000 a month jetting – often first class – its staffers around the globe during the past year or so.

According to an Official Information Act request, made by the Taxpayer’s Union, the MoE spent $769,955 on international travel to meetings between July 2017 and December 10, 2018; no doubt most of these ‘meetings’ were to discuss climate change. Apparently ‘policy experts’ from the MoE were sent on 116 individual international trips to, for example, Korea, Jamaica, Germany, France, Africa, Canada, the US and China. Yet the MOE website says, “New Zealanders looking to reduce their carbon footprint should fly less, work remotely and use video conferencing”. 


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