July 16 - National Party MP Claudette Hauiti has given up her
parliamentary charge card after she used it to pay for a
personal trip to Australia.
"I went to Australia. It was travel only and way outside
Parliamentary Service guidelines," she told Fairfax.
She said the trip over Christmas last year and other
spending, including refreshments for a hui on a marae, had
cost about $200, which she has since repaid.
"Of course it's absolutely no excuse for not knowing the
Speaker's rulings. It is my responsibility and I didn't do
"By mutual agreement the member uses other payment
processes," Parliamentary Service general manager David
Stevenson said in a statement.
Ms Hauiti entered Parliament in May 2013, replacing disgraced
list MP Aaron Gilmore.
Taxpayers' Union Executive Director Jordan Williams said
workers have been sacked for similar offences.
"If an employee charged a trip to Australia on the staff
card, they would be sacked. How can someone be trusted to run
the country when they can't be trusted with the plastic?"
Earlier this year Ms Hauiti was caught out breaking
Parliament's rules by employing her civil union spouse in her