Published on : Thursday, January 5, 2017
Christchurch City Council staff and elected members spent 206 nights overseas and took 174 flights during the 2015/16 financial year. The council has recorded to spend more than $662,000 in incentive and business trips across New Zealand and overseas. The figure, however, is a little less than the $684,000 the council spent the previous year.
The Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act released the figures showing $570,443 was spent for domestic travel and $160,504 on international travel during the last financial year. It, on the other hand, received $68,622 in refunds, making the total travel spend around $662,000.
Most of the business trips included travelling to conferences and seminars in Australia; however the travel also included trips to the U.S., Canada, China, the Netherlands, Seoul, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Tokyo, and Brussels.
The previous financial year the council spent just over $151,000 on overseas travel and it spent another $533,000 on trips around New Zealand.
Couple of years ago, the council said it was cracking down on international travel and that would use teleconferencing facilities where possible. In addition, it insists to take the cheapest airfare on offer even if it meant travelling at an inconvenient time.