TVNZ's sales team is in upmarket Queenstown for a three-day pow-wow as the state broadcaster heads for a $17m loss.

A spokeswoman for TVNZ said the trip was a planning session that was always been going to happen. The location was selected to reward staff.

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"The destination was due to meeting targets. The work would take place regardless of location. They were preparing with a lot of hard work before they left," she said.


A number of questions about the trip - including its cost and the number of people who had