Wellington Council spent more than $300,000 cleaning up after the protest


The anti-mandate protest in the capital earlier this year cost Wellington City Council more than $300,000.

The council has just released information and documents related to the 23-day occupation of Parliament grounds and surrounding streets.

Although it has yet to confirm the final cost, the council expects it will have spent $235,000 on contractors to repair roads, pathways and clean up the central business district by the end of the year. ‘occupation.

The board estimates it spent an additional $100,000 on direct costs, such as staff, security and cleaning.

This excludes the cost of cleaning and repairing the grounds of Parliament and Victoria University, as the council is only responsible for council lands and properties.

Released documents also show that between February 10 and March 1, parking officers issued 615 tickets to illegally parked vehicles in the CBD.

By early May, only 213 tickets had been paid for, while six were appealed, canceled or waived.

Figures previously released to RNZ show that the police operation set up to respond to the illegal occupation has cost taxpayers more than $430,000.

“Operation Convoy” saw hundreds of police sent to Wellington to restore order in the capital during the occupation.

Information released to RNZ under the Official Information Act shows police spent $438,548 up to February 28.

The cost breakdown does not include the two-day period leading up to the confrontation which saw rioting on the lawn of Parliament.

Police expenses covered accommodation, food, consumables, airfare, and vehicle and helicopter rental costs.

Police spent $158,430 on travel, $153,516 on accommodation, $78,024 on food, $32,147 on vehicles/equipment, and $16,431 on “other” expenses.

The breakdown of the total costs, which does not include the personnel costs of the police officers assigned to the operation, amounts to $438,548.



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