The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) chief executive is flying business class to Europe on a taxpayer-funded work trip just as staff are being consulted on a proposal to cut almost 400 jobs in an effort to reduce spending.

Megan Main, who became ACC’s chief executive in 2021, admitted the timing was not great but said the trip to attend a conference and hold meetings was important to improving ACC’s services.

“The timing of the trip coinciding with consultation on ACC’s change proposal is not what I would have chosen,” she told the Herald in a statement.

“I have carefully considered attending the conference and these meetings and believe the knowledge gained will help us with our important work to enhance rehabilitation outcomes for the New Zealanders ACC supports.

NZ Herald

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