Mana leader Hone Harawira has filed for a recount of the votes in Te Tai Tokerau.
He lost the electorate on election night to Labour's Kelvin Davis by a margin of 739 votes, and has refused to concede defeat since.
Harawira told TVNZ's Marae programme that refusing to concede stretched out the use of his parliamentary perks.
"One of the good things about not conceding, for those of you in politics, is if you concede on the night all your travel benefits stop at 12 o'clock," Mr Harawira said.
"If you don't [concede], you get to fly round the country and go and see all your people for the next two weeks."
I can't believe people like him are allowed anywhere NEAR the political process.
He's every bit as obnoxious in person as well.