Governor General has cost us $270K this year on 7 overseas jaunts. Apparently the role has become far more jet-setting under Dame Silvia. Stepping outside traditional duties, it's now customary for GG to go on trips "focused on strengthening bilateral relations." G-House spokesperson unconvincingly tries to reassure us:
"the benefits to NZ were substantial...Name one significant tangible benefit that can justify this atrocious waste of money! The PM's Dept already admits the visits are "symbolic" & "emphasise person-to-person relationships." In other words "pointless" & "chance to catch up with old friends"? I can't stand our GG, to be honest. A freeloader of Jonathan Hunt magnitude.
"She has a real way of representing NZ.. has a warm manner..
"her visits bring massive benefits to NZ"