Via the NZ Herald:
Seven list MPs are receiving almost $41,000 each a year to run offices in their local communities but choose not to.
Although MPs are not required to have local offices, and can transfer their funds to other MPs or their parties, the Appropriations Review Committee indicated that it “would be concerned if the number of MPs not opening offices was to increase significantly”.
Also in the article is this note on where some of the funds go:
ACT list MP John Boscawen said ACT’s list MPs shared office space in Auckland. However, he had used “a huge chunk”of his entitlement on organising and publicising 40 public meetings against the emissions trading scheme over the past four months.
ACT is a supporter of the current National-led minority government, and, to put it mildly, a party of climate-change skeptics. The Emissions Trading Scheme was one of the signature laws passed by the previous Labour-led government, late in its last term, and which the new government was committed to restructuring.