11 Sep 2008

Govt denies breakfast launch cost $75,000

8:15 pm on 11 September 2008

The Government is defending its breakfast launch of the Maori Dictionary, saying it did not cost $75,000 as the National Party claims.

National claims the launch in Wellington earlier in September included a lavish breakfast of muttonbird, champagne and oysters.

But Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia says the launch involved a two-day symposium, not just a breakfast.

In Parliament on Thursday, Mr Horomia said he expected the cost of the entire event to be well under $75,000.

He says the Maori Language Commission has contributed $50,000 toward the launch.