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The total was less than the previous year's $25,886, when overseas travel gobbled up $4522 of the budget on a seven-day trip to London.
Peter Bramley's early morning coffee catch-up with Tasman Mayor Tim King happened during alert level 2, a few hours before alert level 3 was imposed on 23 March.
Level 2 of a four-tiered alert level system was introduced on 21 March to try and manage Covid-19 in New Zealand.
On 25 March, New Zealand moved to alert level 4, putting all of New Zealand into a full lockdown in which only trips for essential needs were allowed, and essential workers were the only people allowed to leave home for work.
A health board spokesperson confirmed that Bramley visited Blenheim's Wairau Hospital on two occasions during level 4 lockdown, in his essential service role to provide management support to clinical teams and the primary health organisation clinical teams.
Bramley was until recently seconded to the Canterbury/West Coast District Health Board to help with the board's transition to a new chief executive.
The expense form showed the majority of the total $22,133.59 travel expenditure went on domestic travel around New Zealand.
Just under $4000 was spent on "local" travel between Nelson and Marlborough, and a little more than $1000 was spent on overseas accommodation booked for April, but cancelled because of Covid-19.
The single largest expense in the local travel budget line was $450 spent on meals for 10 people at an end-of-year event last December.
On one occasion more than $600 was spent on flights from Nelson to Auckland and Wellington, and back to Nelson in a day for a national district health board chief executives' meeting.
A similar amount was spent on flights between Nelson, Wellington and Christchurch in March this year for a chief executives' meeting and a South Island regional boards induction day.
In the 2018-2019 financial year, $19,000 was spent on domestic travel and related expenses and more than $2000 on local expenses.
Total travel expenses the year before that were $26,639.56.