The government has ordered 34 new BMWs to replace its current fleet which is just three years old.
Just a few weeks after Prime Minister John Key said that Kiwis "have to tighten their belts, we have to do the same", the government is to spend taxpayer money on the impressive limos.
The government said it would receive a bulk discount for the fleet of BMWs, which cost around $200,000 on the market but are so exclusive they are yet to arrive in New Zealand.
However, it would will not say how much public money will be used on BMW's flagship 7 Series cars, citing the excuse of commercial sensitivity.
The government's fleet of BMWs is used to transport ministers and dignitaries.
Finance Minister Bill English told ONE News that "we could go out and buy second-hand cars".
"But one way or another cars need to be maintained and you have to renew them eventually," he said.
The spending of public money on a new fleet has been slammed by the Green Party as an "outrage".
"Everyone else is having to tighten their belts and John Key is cutting staff, creating unemployment in order to apparently tighten the belt of government," Greens co-leader Metiria Turei said.
The editor of the car buyers' Dog and Lemon Guide said the BMW 7 Series was a "pre-credit crunch car".
"It's from an era of bloated stock brokers and dodgy loans and it looks completely out of place in this time in history," Clive Matthew-Wilson said.
The fleet change is expected to happen within the next few months.
The current fleet will be sold.
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