Returns Not Royal Treatment Will Lead to Investment
Returns Not Royal Treatment Will Lead to
30 JULY 2014
Reacting to the NZ Herald’s reporting of a
$240,000 bill for taxpayers to wine and dine eleven oil
executives - including four nights' luxury accommodation, a
sailing trip, and two Rugby World Cup games, Jordan
Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’
“Hard nosed oil executives
will decide to invest in New Zealand on the basis of
potential returns, not on how good the rugby was. Making
introductions, clearing red tape and selling New Zealand is
one thing, but throwing nearly a quarter million at royal
class treatment is quite another."
“The Government is
calling the Summit ‘modest’ despite costing taxpayers’
more than $20,000 per person. With that attitude, we’d
hate to see what lavish
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