Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights

CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights

CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says.

“Of course CERA officials do need to travel to Wellington but 200 flights on average a month is an excessive airlines bill for an organisation based entirely in one region.

“Given CERA is in its fourth year surely the smartest thing Gerry Brownlee could have done is move the necessary officials permanently to Christchurch or employed some of the many skilled Cantabrians to do these jobs rather than flying bureaucrats with their clipboards around the country using up taxpayer dollars. The question is why didn’t he do this?

“CERA is a law unto its own thanks to the attitude of a minister with wartime powers. Gerry Brownlee has already demonstrated his contempt for airline security this week, it appears he also has contempt for the cost of airline bills to the taxpayer,” says Clayton Cosgrove.


WPQs

Question: How much, if any, has been spent by CERA on air transport for staff?

Portfolio: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Minister: Hon Gerry Brownlee

Date Lodged:03/07/2014

Answer Text: I am advised by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority that from CERA’s establishment until 30 June 2014, CERA has spent $1.809 million on air transport for staff.


Question: How many flights have been purchased per month, if any, for each month since the establishment of CERA for CERA staff travelling between Christchurch and Wellington?

Portfolio: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Minister: Hon Gerry Brownlee

Date Lodged:03/07/2014

Answer Text: I am advised by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority that on average per month, 202 single sector flights between Wellington and Christchurch, or Christchurch and Wellington have been purchased since CERA’s establishment.

Date Received:22/07/2014


Question: How many flights, if any, between Christchurch and Wellington have been purchased by CERA for staff travel?

Portfolio: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Minister: Hon Gerry Brownlee

Date Lodged:03/07/2014

Answer Text: I am advised by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority that from CERA’s establishment until 30 June 2014, 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington or Wellington to Christchurch have been purchased by CERA for staff travel.


Date Received:22/07/2014

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news