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New Zealand trip 'put to good use'

Information gathered from a politician's taxpayer funded trip to New Zealand has been "put to good use".

That's according to the Department of Health and Social Care - yesterday it was put under the spotlight during a Social Affairs Policy Review Committee hearing: 

Committee chair David Cretney raised the issue - in March 2015 former Health and Social Care Minister Howard Quayle, and his then chief executive Mark Charters, made the trip. 

The duo was reviewing the health service there - in particular the Canterbury model. 

Chief executive, and successor, Malcolm Couch says he believes the information gained makes up part of the current health strategy: 

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