Finlayson provided a breakdown of the amounts paid to Government-appointed Crown negotiators for each year since 2008, in response to a Parliamentary written question from Peters.
Details released by Finlayson showed $7.8m was given to 13 individual negotiators, with several former ministers and MPs paid large sums for work on treaty settlements.
The list, which covers payments from 2008 to provided this year, as reported by Fairfax, included:
Rick Barker $361,277.Notice that Sir Douglas Graham was recorded as earning less than the amount posted in 2013. The earnings of Pat Snedden, John Wood, and Dame Patsy Reddy are not disclosed. Jim Bolger, Sir Wira Gardiner, John Isles, Tukoroirangi Morgan, and James Willis are not even on the list despite being reported in 2013.
Michael Dreaver $2.2m
Sir Douglas Graham $166,135
Ross Philipson $1.6m
Pat Snedden - unspecified large six figure sum
John Wood - ditto
Patsy Reddy - ditto
Paul Swain $611,084.
Fran Wilde $87,000 for 2009 and 2010. (1)
The 2013 list:
Rick Barker $48,660Peters said in a media release posted on the Scoop website:
Jim Bolger $29,912
Michael Dreaver $1.5m
Sir Wira Gardiner $85,710
Sir Doug Graham $186,901
John Isles $48,056
Tukoroirangi Morgan $439,085
Ross Philipson $1,095,214
Patsy Reddy $568,917
Pat Snedden $679,808
Paul Swain $272,879
Fran Wilde $98,062
James Willis $17,106 (2)
To begin with, following a request from New Zealand First, the Minister did not submit the complete list of expenditure for government-appointed Crown Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiators, and he needs to explain why not.
However, more particularly, how does he explain how one negotiator received, over just seven years, over $2,264,000 and in three of those years over $400,000 for each year?
Another negotiator, over another seven-year period, picked up $1,550,000. The public will want to know just what sort of complexity justifies those extraordinary costs. (3)Prime Minister John Key said that people acting as conduits on the Government's behalf had been "very successful", and Key said the payments were "money well spent".
I think if you look at the overall cost of settling Treaty claims, it's in the billions, so paying a few people to be special negotiators for us makes sense.(1)A bit of context is required to show what is going on.
1. The purpose of treaty settlement negotiations is to settle allegations of Crown misbehaviour.
2. Those who allegedly suffered at the hands of a misbehaving Crown are long gone.
3. The claimants around the negotiating table may be related to those long-gone people.
4. Claimants and the negotiator haggle over the amount of financial redress, place names to change, and co-governance deals.
5. Money the common goal of both claimants and negotiators.
1. 'Colossal, unjustified' payments to Treaty negotiators. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/71018444/colossal-unjustified-payments-to-treaty-negotiators
2. Treaty cases earn top dollar for 'top team’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8314679/Treaty-cases-earn-top-dollar-for-top-team
3. Treaty Negotiations Minister Needs to Get a Grip. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1508/S00154/treaty-negotiations-minister-needs-to-get-a-grip.htm