Cabinet minister Judith Collins spent more than $100 a week on petrol over 13 months for her ministerial self-drive car, even though she has a chauffeur-driven Crown limo at her disposal.
Documents obtained by 3 News showed that from February 2009 to February this year, Ms Collins’ petrol bill was $5721.14, or about $440 a month.
Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia spent $268 a month, followed by Agriculture Minister David Carter, with $218 a month.
Ms Collins told 3 News she did not think it was an unusually high amount of money to spend on petrol.
I note that once again it is 3News that is manufacturing outrage where none should exist. Patrick Gower is normally better than this. If he had done even the most basic of research he would have realised that due to boundary changes before the last election Judith Collins now lives 21.2km from the nearest boundary of her Papakura electorate. When on electorate business she would use her self drive car and so a return trip to just the closest bounday would be more than 42km.
She drives a Mazda 6 which Mazda’s website shows its peak fuel efficiency is 8.7l/100 driving at 100km/h. It also has a fuel tank of 64 litres. To fill it from empty at today’s pump price would be $116.48. Basically Judith Collins is using a tank a week. That is pretty damn good if you ask me, especially when she lives 21.2 km from the nearest boundary of her electorate and 17.8 km to the nearest decent supermarket and 29.5km to her office from home. Come on Paddy, a tank a gas a week is troughing? I don’t think so.
What was Phil Goff’s fuel bill? He lives a massive 40km from his electorate office.
Patrick Gower is going to have be debut on the Whaleoil Media Rating System as a Cut & Paste Repeater for this shonky piece of rubbish masquerading as news. Probably somewhere down there with Pork Chop.