Hone Harawira Goes Walkabout, Again

A few years ago the Maori Party MP skipped off from a justice and electoral select committee two days into its week-long trip to Victoria to go walkabout in the Australian bush, now he’s bunked an EU meeting in Brussels to go sight seeing in Paris with his wife Hilda … in November. According to the NZ Herald:

“How many times in my lifetime am I going to get to Europe? So I thought, ‘F*** it, I’m off. I’m off to Paris’,” he said yesterday.”

Who can blame him for wanting to do “The Big OE”, many Kiwis do it. But, at the tax payer’s expense during these times of economic hardship, rising unemployment and wage freezes?

In the first six months of the year Mr Harawira’s travelling expenses totalled $67,000 dollars (well above the median wage of around $41,000) He’s been called “one of Parliament’s most prolific travellers“. He also advocated strongly the joys of hitch-hiking around his electorate in order to “cut costs”.

Shame he didn’t hitch to Paris!

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