$502.50 was spent at Hell Pizza Queenstown to feed
volunteers organising the Shotover Jet Christmas
Spectacular last December.
A spot check on the Queenstown Lakes District Council's
corporate credit card reveals transactions for staff
accommodation, couriers, air fares, subscriptions, delegation
gifts and pizza.
The Otago Daily Times obtained the seven-page BNZ
statement of transactions under the Official Information Act.
The statement for the last financial year, between July 2,
2012 and June 28 this year, showed $502.50 was spent at Hell
Pizza Queenstown to feed volunteers organising the Shotover
Jet Christmas Spectacular in the Queenstown Events Centre
The largest payment by the Queenstown Lakes District Council
was for $6554.22 for Federal Express on August 14 last year.
The expense was for the importation of measuring instruments
from Australia, chief financial officer Stewart Burns said.
There were 22 transactions with travel website Wotif
throughout the year, costing a total of $5848.
The next largest payment was $3271.11 to the Ministry of
Economic Development, for a mining permit for gravel
extraction, on August 5 last year.
The fourth-largest payment was $2139 for Opus International
Consultants on May 14. Hotel accommodation for council staff
in Invercargill, Dunedin, Balclutha, Timaru, Christchurch,
Wellington, Palmerston North and Hamilton amounted to $7897.
The accommodation sum included $447 for an ''executive
residence'' on April 19, specifically three nights'
accommodation at the University of Otago for the Institution
of Professional Engineers New Zealand transportation group
Foundation course fees for the council policy manager cost
$2139 from Opus International Consultants on May 14.
A pair of one-day courses for the transportation manager at
Victoria University cost a total of $1521.46.
Two lots of $855, totalling $1710, were paid to the New
Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants on July 31 and
August 1 last year.
Work visa application fees amounting to $495 were paid to
High-visibility vests were bought from Kathmandu for $303.70
and kitchen items for the Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park were
bought from Briscoes for $154.25, while $163 was paid to
Arrow Bikes for parts and service for the horticultural team
Southern Traverse was paid $205 for a team to enter the Peak
to Peak race in June.
Mr Burns said the council had only one corporate card, which
was held for convenience as an alternative method of payment.
All payments required the creation of a purchase order.
''No cards are issued to individual staff members.''