26 Mar 2013

Figures reveal biggest travel spenders

9:46 am on 26 March 2013

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Trade were the biggest spenders in Cabinet on overseas travel last year .

Just over $611,000 was approved by Cabinet for international travel by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and his staff.

Slightly more than $581,000 was approved for Trade Minister Tim Groser.

Prime Minister John Key spent $247,537.

Overall, spending on overseas travel by ministers has risen slightly in recent years.

Last year, the total was $3,026,277 and in 2010 it was $3,009,055.

The figure was lower in 2011, at $2,043,994, as ministers stayed closer to home to campaign during election year.