Treasury throws light on the Govt’s balancing trick while Jones tries to tip the scales in his favour

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While Shane Jones, Minister of Munificence, was splashing more millions into his Northland home patch, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was preparing to release Budget documents which (he tells us)  highlight the Government’s strong focus on keeping the balance between responding to COVID-19 and careful economic management.

The documents account for  Budget 2020 and COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund decisions and COVID Fund decisions agreed at Cabinet on 6 July.

Most of the numbers in the Beehive press statement are in millions of dollars but a smaller one without any monetary value invited our curiosity.

Robertson observed:

“We have invested significant resources into supporting New Zealand businesses and workers, and cushioning the blow of this 1-in-100 year economic shock.”

Where (we wonder) does one in 100 come from?

Fair to say, one in 100 is far below the level of electoral support showing for Jones, according to the only polling we are aware of in Northland.

But he will be hoping for much better than the poll result which showed Jones running a distant third at 15%.  This (he will be thinking) is a disappointing reward for all the local projects he has bankrolled, first from the Provincial Growth Fund and more recently from the $3 billion set aside for infrastructure from the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

Yesterday he announced the Government will invest $16 million from the latter fund to accelerate Kaipara infrastructure projects to create jobs and boost economic development in the region.

Approximately 135 jobs will be created developing these shovel-ready projects, he reckoned.

And over the longer term, an estimated 1000 jobs will be created through the many projects funded by the Government in this area, Shane Jones said.

The funding he announced is –

  • $5 million to accelerate a programme of work to improve prioritised unsealed roads in Kaipara and make them safer.
  • $6 million to accelerate the maintenance of Kaipara stopbanks.
  • $2.5 million towards flood resilience and water management associated with Raupo District.
  • $4 million to construct a 36km walking and cycling track along a former rail corridor from Dargaville to Donnellys Crossing on Kaipara’s west coast.
  • $100,000 for to provide rainwater storage, landscaping, car parking and fencing at the Baylys Beach community centre.
  • $900,000 for the Kaipara District Council to contract the Dargaville Community Development Board to explore options for infrastructure projects in the region.

These and other announcements are recorded here:

            28 AUGUST 2020

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