Variety on QLDC card

$502.50 was spent at Hell Pizza Queenstown to feed volunteers organising the Shotover Jet...
$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 last December.

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 conference.

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 Immigration Queenstown.

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 bicycle.

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.''

 

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