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Which party is splashing the taxpayer cash

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/04/2016
NZ First leader Winston Peters © Hannah Peters/Getty Images NZ First leader Winston Peters

The bill has come in for politicians travel and accommodation expenses with taxpayers picking up a $1.4 million tab for the first quarter of 2016.

Parliamentarians spent $472,777 between January 1 and March 31 on accommodation while travel expenses added up to $927,347 according to the data released on Thursday.

While the National party has the most MPs and spent the most money ($501,820), they weren't the biggest spender per capita with New Zealand First having the dubious honour.

The party led by Winston Peters racked up around $15,984 per MP for the first three months of the year with Labour a close second on $15,444.

Overall, Labour spent $494,218 bill while the Greens ran up a $203,135 bill.

The United Future party, and its one MP Peter Dunne, did not spend a cent of taxpayer money.

POLITICAL PARTY EXPENSES PER MP

1. NZ First, $15,984 per MP

2. Labour, $15,444

3. Greens, $14,509

4. Maori Party, $12,234

5. National, $8,505

6. ACT Party, $655

7. United Future, $0

Source: New Zealand Parliament

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