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Travel on the taxpayer

Saturday 20 Jul 2013 10:23 a.m.

MPs are out of the beehive and overseas during parliamentary recess (file)

MPs are out of the beehive and overseas during parliamentary recess (file)

School is out for politicians who are travelling overseas during the parliamentary recess.

Education Minister Hekia Parata is travelling to the UK, Ireland and the US next week for bilateral meetings with her counterparts.

Justice Minister Judith Collins left on Friday on a trip to the US to attend a ministerial meeting with her counterparts from Australia, Canada, the US and the UK.

Construction Minister Maurice Williamson leaves on Saturday on a trip which includes meetings in the UK and a speech to the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management.

Housing Minister Nick Smith is in Australia to investigate community housing initiatives, while Gerry Brownlee is off to the US for meetings related to his transport and earthquake recovery portfolios.

Prime Minister John Key is leading a delegation of ministers and MPs to the Solomon Islands to mark the tenth anniversary of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands. Jonathan Coleman, Anne Tolley and Pita Sharples are also going.

Mr Key then travels to South Korea to join New Zealand veterans in commemorations marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice which ended the Korean War.

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Michael Woodhouse will accompany the veterans on board an RNZAF 757 aircraft which departs on July 23.

About 6000 New Zealanders fought in the Korean War, 45 lost their lives and 79 were wounded.


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