The Housing New Zealand scandal is deliciously rich in irony.
There was Dear Leader way back in 1999, attacking the former National government and WINZ chief Christine Rankin over the spending of $165,000 on chartering aircraft in order to transport 140 managers to a conference at the exclusive Wairakei Resort Hotel.
Liarbour attacked WINZ for having a culture of extravagance. Dear Leader promised to 'clean up' the public sector.
However, such extravagance continues in Housing New Zealand and with Minister Maryann Street with the allegations $65,000 was spent on a similar Housing NZ conferenace at Tongariro Lodge.
National's Housing spokesman Phil Heatley has revealed 94 Housing New Zealand managers spent two days at a conference at the luxury Tongariro Lodge.
Now, it maybe that vital work was achieved, but when a government attacks the so-called WINZ excesses of the past and indulges in such practices today, it is surely guilty of the most rank hypocracy, especially when times are hard and we see activities that are ripe for the chopping!
UPDATE: So $250 a night is cheap! Delicious comments from Housing Minister Maryann Street. The NZ Herald looks back to 1999 when Christine Ranking of Winz was in the frame..
UPDATE "2: More luxury weekend retreats for Housing NZ. Who isleaking this stuff and why?
General Debate 1 February 2015
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