Moira Coatsworth has sent out a missive to members in which she states:
The four candidates are Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta,¬†David Parker, and Grant Robertson. One of these candidates will be the next leader of our party at a critical time.
Over the past few weeks we have processed hundreds of new memberships a day. Next week, thousands of voting papers will be sent out by email and post and in the next few weeks we will hold 14 husting meetings all around New Zealand. Labour Party staff will drive over 5,000kms to ensure that every meeting runs smoothly.
Running the leadership election is a massive undertaking for our Party. As a Party we monitor budgets carefully, and thanks to the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, we can keep costs down. But there are some expenses that can‚Äôt be avoided ‚Äď and as a result, running a leadership election is one of the most costly things we do from our limited resources.
What she doesn’t mention is that travel to all those 14 hustings meetings by the four candidates will be funded by parliamentary services, and I’ll bet it is more than likely that a great deal of the other travel expenses associated with this campaign will be likewise funded out of the same budget.
Moira Coatsworth might well be on¬†the¬†bludge because after the last leadership contest reportedly cost them more than $80,000 but the biggest expense, that is the travel of the MPs involved will be met by you the taxpayer.
Thankfully we have the Taxpayers’ Union to call these thieving pricks out. ¬†¬† Read more »