Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Act 2013

Schedule 2 Travel entitlements of former members of Parliament

ss 39–42

Former members’ air travel entitlements

1 Rebates for travel on scheduled air services payable to former members who were members before 1999 general election

(1)

A former member of Parliament who was a member before the 1999 general election is entitled to a rebate for travel on scheduled air services undertaken by the former member in accordance with the following rules:

(a)

a rebate is payable in respect of expenditure incurred by the former member personally, and a rebate is not payable where the fare is paid from public funds or from any other source:

(b)

no rebate is payable in respect of any travel undertaken by the former member for private business purposes:

(c)

where a journey is undertaken for a mixture of personal and private business purposes, the rebate is payable in respect of any portion of the fare that is an additional cost to that which would have been incurred had only the business part of the journey been undertaken:

(d)

the amount of rebate to which a former member is entitled is the appropriate percentage of the fare that applies to that former member as calculated in accordance with the table below:

(e)

the fare—

(i)

includes any tax and service fees payable in respect of the travel; and

(ii)

does not include any amounts paid in respect of cancellation fees or accommodation:

(f)

in the case of domestic travel,—

(i)

the rebate is calculated on the economy or discounted fare used for the travel; and

(ii)

if the former member travels premium economy, business class, or other class above economy (however that class may be described), the rebate must be calculated on the equivalent economy-class fare for the journey undertaken:

(g)

in the case of international travel, the fare used may be an economy, a discounted, or a business-class fare and the rebate is calculated on the basis of whichever fare is used.

Table of rebates applicable
Number of complete Parliaments through which former member servedPercentage of fare payable (%)
Less than 2Nil
2If former member has served as a Speaker or as a Minister (not including Parliamentary Under-Secretary): 50
Other cases: nil
2 (and part of a third)If former member has served as a Speaker or as a Minister (not including Parliamentary Under-Secretary): 50
Other cases: nil
360
3 (and part of a fourth)60
475
4 (and part of a fifth)75
5 or more90

(2)

Subclause (1) is subject to clauses 2 and 3.

2 Limitations on rebates for former members’ domestic air travel

(1)

A former member is entitled to a rebate for 12 return air trips between any 2 points within New Zealand in each year.

(2)

For the purpose of subclause (1), a rebate for a one-way trip counts as one-half of a return trip.

(3)

Rebates are paid for open tickets only if the departure date for the first part of the trip is determined at the time the ticket is purchased and it is the date of the return flight that is left open.

(4)

Rebates are paid for travel in respect of the relevant year.

3 Limitations on rebates for former members’ international air travel

(1)

The total amount paid to a former member by way of rebates for international air travel in each year must not exceed the amount of rebate to which the former member would have been entitled if he or she had flown between Auckland and London using the lowest-cost online business-class return air fare as at 1 July in the relevant year.

(2)

Rebates are paid for open tickets only if the departure date for the first part of the trip is determined at the time the ticket is purchased and it is the date of the return flight that is left open.

(3)

Rebates are paid for travel in respect of the relevant year.

Former members’ rail, road, and ferry travel entitlements

4 Rebates for travel on rail, road, and ferry services in New Zealand

(1)

A former member is entitled to a rebate on the following scheduled travel services within New Zealand in accordance with the same rules and limitations as set out in clauses 1 and 2 in respect of scheduled air services:

(a)

rail travel; and

(b)

road travel; and

(c)

inter-island travel on inter-island ferries.

(2)

The entitlement in subclause (1) does not extend to—

(a)

suburban rail travel; or

(b)

suburban road travel; or

(c)

the carriage of a motor vehicle, or the use of a cabin, on an inter-island ferry.

Travel entitlements of former members’ spouses or partners

5 Application of clauses 6 and 7

(1)

Clauses 6 and 7 apply to a spouse or partner of a former member who—

(a)

was the spouse or partner of the former member at the time the former member ceased to be a member of Parliament; and

(b)

is the spouse or partner of the former member at the time of claiming an entitlement under clause 6 or 7.

(2)

The entitlements of a spouse or partner of a former member under clauses 6 and 7 continue after the death of the former member, whether or not the surviving spouse or partner remarries or re-partners, provided that the spouse or partner was still the spouse or partner of the former member at the date of his or her death.

(3)

For the purposes of clauses 6 and 7, former member includes a member of Parliament who dies in office, and who becomes a former member on the date of his or her death.

6 Domestic and international air travel: spouse or partner entitlement

A spouse or partner to whom this clause applies is entitled to a rebate for travel on scheduled domestic and international air services at the same rate and subject to the same conditions as the former member.

7 Rail, road, and ferry travel: spouse or partner entitlement

A spouse or partner to whom this clause applies is entitled to the same rail, road, and ferry travel entitlements as the former member.

8 Entitlements in this schedule do not include travel for private business purposes

(1)

The entitlements to travel set out in this schedule do not include any entitlement to travel for private business purposes, and each provision of this schedule must be interpreted accordingly.

(2)

In this schedule, private business purposes means purposes on behalf of a person’s own business interests, or on behalf of the business interests of any other person, trust, company, or organisation.