Southern District Health Board chairman Joe Butterfield
incurred $38,914 in travel expenses in the 18 months from July
2011 to December 2012.
Released under the Official Information Act, the expenses
comprised $22,958 for mileage and $15,956 for flights, taxis
and car rentals.
Also, $3029 was spent on meals, which included meals for
Mr Butterfield is reimbursed for mileage at the Inland
Revenue Department's recommended rate, which is 77c per km.
Appointed by Health Minister Tony Ryall in November 2010, Mr
Butterfield is based in Timaru.
Audit and risk committee chairman Tim Ward said the costs
reflected Mr Butterfield's dedication to advancing the DHB's
''current transformation process''.
''This includes attending board and committee meetings,
meeting with the chief executive, executives and clinical
leaders, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Health
''Mr Butterfield also attends South Island and national
chairs' meetings, South Island alliance meetings, South
Island neurosurgery meetings and meetings with the Minister
''Much of the cost reflects the expense involved in
travelling from Timaru to meetings throughout the southern
region, as well as those in Christchurch and Wellington.''
Mr Butterfield's expense claims did not include
accommodation, because this was booked through the DHB, a
For his role as chairman, Mr Butterfield received $51,000 in
2011-12, and $30,000 in 2010-11.
The board also released Crown monitor Stuart McLauchlan's
expenses for the same 18-month period, which totalled $407,
Mr McLauchlan has been charged with monitoring the board's
progress in reaching financial health since the Otago and
Southland 2010 merger, for which he is paid $35,000 a year.
Previously, he was Crown monitor of the then Southland
District Health Board.
The board yesterday refused to disclose further details of a
$137,000 termination and personal grievance of an employee
mentioned in its 2012 annual report, citing privacy concerns.