David Seymour has pointed out:
ACT Leader David Seymour is astonished to learn that the Greens have the highest expenditure on flights.The figures come from the fourth quarter parliamentary expense reports. It excludes ministers who have a much heavier workload, for example the Ministers of Health and Education must visit hospitals and schools, and are reported separately.In October, November, and December the average Green MP spent $8,562 on air travel. By comparison the average Labour MP spent $7,790, the average National MP $5,933 and the average New Zealand First MP $6713.Sole Maori Party list MP Marama Fox spent $13,571, less than the Greens’ James Shaw ($14,425) and Metiria Turei ($13,852).“Green MPs’ expenditure on air travel is extraordinary for several reasons,” said Mr Seymour.“These are the MPs who regularly tell us that climate change is the crisis of our time and we must reduce our emissions.“It is also extraordinary that they do not even have to serve electorates, as the Greens are all list MPs and have not won an electorate since 1999. As an Auckland electorate MP I have to see constituents on Monday and be in Parliament on Tuesday, and back in the electorate Friday, practically every week.“As list MPs the Greens have far more potential to minimise their carbon footprint by flying less, but not only have they not done so, they are the most frequent flyers.“Co-leader James Shaw loves to tell the story about how, as a consultant, he helped companies reduce their use of air travel. The Green Party must be his toughest client.”
The Greens say they offset the carbon footprint of their flights but that is still less than pure, as they criticise others for relying on offets rather than actually reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
As a party entirely made up of List MPs, you would expect their use of air travel to be far less than electorate MPs.