On 18 August the Department of Internal Affairs proactively released Ministerial credit card statements and reconciliations for the previous quarter.
Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs, made two payments on his Ministerial credit card in April while on official travel in New York through the payment processor Square. Square is a service designed for individuals or businesses to accept payments through an application on a phone or tablet. The payments were for the equivalent of NZD $137.56 and $152.69.
These were declared in his international travel reconciliation form as payments for Uber taxis.
The receipts for these transactions show these were clearly payments through Square, and not payments for Uber rides.
Receipts for Uber rides are sent by Uber and look very different to the receipts provided by Mr Dunne. Uber receipts include details of the pickup and destination locations, miles, and trip time.
Mr Dunne’s office refused to comment on what the payments were for, stating questions asked would be responded to in accordance with the Official Information Act.
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