Ministry for the Environment
Statement on international travel
This statement is in response to an article that ran on Stuff and in the Dominion Post on Friday 11 January 2018.
The Ministry fully accepts that travel by its staff is of public interest, and it is important we are held to account for the travel we undertake. We also understand that reducing our transport, where possible, is critical for us in playing our part in New Zealand’s emissions reduction. We actively try and limit the number of people travelling and the trips made, for both cost and environmental reasons.
However, the story was missing some useful context, and there were some points we don’t agree with.