The Government splashed $37.6 million on private security guards for MIQ hotels in eight months after announcing it would use its own guards instead.
Despite ending its contracts with 15 security companies, the number of private security guards working at the hotels each day has now increased by about 20 per cent.
This comes amid a struggle for the Government to recruit its own guards, with just 48 working so far.
So they announced they were starting their own security operation and in eight months they have only managed to hire 48 staff!!
Figures obtained by RNZ show in January about 244 private security guards were working at MIQ hotels every 24 hours, costing $198,000.
So that is around $800 a day per security guard. Someone is making good money.