The Ministry of Justice spent $10,000 in the year to 30 June 2015 on sponsorship of groups, organisations, events and publications, according to Justice Minister Amy Adams.
Ms Adams provided the information in response to a parliamentary written question from Labour MP Kris Faafoi.
The expenditure was made for one event – the longstanding Ian Axford NZ Fellowship in Public Policy. This was established in 1995 by the New Zealand Government to reinforce links between New Zealand and the United States. The Ministry of Justice is one of 14 governmental organisations which sponsor the fellowships.
The information, for the eight years from 2007/08, shows the most spent in sponsorship by the ministry in any year was in the 30 June 2011 year, when $66,000 was spent. Most of this – $50,000 – was for the Te Pourewa Arotahi Symposium.
The Ministry of Justice annual report for the year to 30 June 2014 shows total expenditure in the year was $582,768,000. In that year, the ministry spent $14,519 on sponsorships.