Buzz from the Beehive: Budget announcements are still flowing but criminals will pay for Poto’s new law and order initiative

Ministers continue to beat the drum for the goodies dispensed in the Budget, a week after Finance Minister Grant Robertson delivered his Budget speech and the Government published a raft of documents and press statements to tell the nation who got how much. 

Some of the ministerial post-Budget announcements relate to services that are being provided for all who need them.  Or rather, all who need them until the money runs out, presumably.

In addition to the $15.5 million spent each year to help people battling with eating disorders, for example, $3.9 million in extra funding over four years has been secured as part of Budget 2022.

“This will help increase the capacity of eating disorder services and reinforces our continued focus and commitment to improve mental health and addictions support in Aotearoa,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today.

We thought we had heard all the education announcements, but Education Minister Chris Hipkins today said Budget 2022 has taken capital investment in school property under this Government to $3.6 billion since 2018.

Another statement drew attention to the aim to help around 93,000 more people become eligible for legal aid from January 2023 by pumping over $148 million into legal aid across four years. 

Some funding is earmarked to help certain people depending on their ethnicity.

The Māori media sector over the next two years will benefit from a $40 million appropriation to support the industry “while it transitions to a new public media environment”, Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson announced today.

  • The development of a sector-wide workforce strategy and growing current workforce development initiatives – $8m
  • Maintaining and growing iwi media collaboration in news and current affairs -$12m
  • The creation of innovative content that reflects Māori language, culture, stories, and perspectives – $20m

Jackson popped up again to announce a $25 million appropriation in the Cadetship programmes which “will ensure Māori thrive in the labour market”. The programme will be delivered by Te Puni Kōkiri

Jackson also announced (along with Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash)  a further $26 million investment over the next two years in “a Progressive Procurement initiative” to diversify government spending on goods and services and increase Māori business engagement with government procurement. 

In this case, it looks like “progressive” means “discriminatory”.

The Government spends about $51 billion on procurement annually.

The Progressive Procurement Policy was launched in 2020 “to ensure broader economic and social outcomes for New Zealand” and includes a 5% target for agencies annual procurement spend to be with Māori businesses.

Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are leading the Progressive Procurement kaupapa. You can read more about it here:  tpk.govt.nz/progressiveprocurement

Associate Education Minister (Māori) Kelvin Davis has announced “51 education resources that will help bring Mātauranga Māori to life”.

The curriculum resources include activity cards, books (including eBooks), journals, apps, waiata, rotarota, videos, posters, teaching and learning programmes, and Maramataka. No dollar signs  or other signs of the cost are provided.  Nor has Davis provided English-language translations for some bits of his announcement that he has camouflaged with te reo.

Pacific people are enjoined with Maori to benefit from some programmes.

More than $36 million across four years will be appropriated to shift the starting age for bowel screening from 60 years old to 50 years old for Māori and Pacific people. This will result in 60,000 more people being screened each year.

And Budget 2022 will deliver 1900 new health workers and will support 2700 more students into training programmes through a $76 million investment to continue to grow the health workforce for Māori and Pacific communities.  

Another announcement today involves government spending but with money provided by criminals.

The Government is providing further support to help Police protect small businesses affected by a spike in ram raids, Minister of Police Poto Williams says.

$6 million from the Proceeds of Crime Fund will be invested in a crime prevention programme to be managed by Police which will include solutions such as installing bollards or other protection structures.

“While there has been a significant reduction in youth offending over the past decade, there has also been a recent spike in ram raids and related offending which we urgently need to address for these business owners.

This funding is intended to enable Police to work closely with vulnerable small retailers to identify effective and practical solutions based on the particular features of each location.

Police will also look at the range of crime and security risks each small retailer may face, and other options such as fog cannons, security alarms, or screens may be considered, Poto Williams said.

Hmm.  The ram raiders will soon find which shops have been buttressed against their best efforts and rob other shops instead.

Another announcement worth highlighting is the creation of a new trough for businesses.

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods – announcing the launch of two new grants aimed at fuelling firms that want to innovate – said a $250 million investment over the next four years is a commitment to turning great ideas into building a higher-value, more sustainable economy.

“I want to turbo-charge all the tremendous potential I see in our business ecosystem, by introducing grants to help out with the high costs and steep learning curves associated with R&D, and to provide an on-ramp to our existing R&D Tax Incentive.

“I also want to provide extra encouragement to businesses that are performing innovation that is new to the world. Now with a combination of the R&D Tax Incentive, and the new grants programmes, we will have a system of support that is much more representative of the full gamut of business activity we want to stimulate.

Ārohia the Innovation Trailblazer Grant will help with the costs of activities that don’t fall within the definition of R&D and will be targeted at businesses that are pursuing opportunities that will generate significant spill over benefits to the wider economy.

The New to R&D Grant will support businesses that do not have established R&D capabilities and provide an on-ramp onto the R&D Tax Incentive (RDTI).  

Callaghan Innovation will administer the grants, which will be available from mid-September 2022. 

Latest from the Beehive  

26 MAY 2022

Further support for eating disorder services

People battling with eating disorders can expect more support being available with additional funding allocated.

New workforce frameworks support improved responses to family violence

New workforce frameworks launched today will make an important difference to people impacted by family violence by strengthening responses and ensuring services support people’s safety, and long-term healing and wellbeing.

Govt helps protect shops from ram raids

The Government is providing further support to help Police protect small businesses affected by a spike in ram raids, Minister of Police Poto Williams says.

New Matariki resources available for schools and kura

Associate Minister of Education (Māori) Kelvin Davis has today announced 51 education resources that will help bring Mātauranga Māori to life.

Government investing in warm, dry classrooms and new schools and kura

Budget 2022 has taken capital investment in school property under this Government to $3.6 billion since 2018, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today.

Budget 2022 funding to lower the starting age for bowel screening for Māori and Pacific peoples

Associate Ministers of Health Peeni Henare and Aupito William Sio say Budget 2022 will see an extra 60,000 Māori and Pacific people receive screening for bowel cancer.

Budget 2022 delivers new investment in our Māori and Pacific health workforce

Budget 2022 will deliver 1900 new health workers and will support 2700 more students into training programmes through a $76 million investment to continue to grow the health workforce for our Māori and Pacific communities.

Startup Advisors Council appointed

The Government has appointed a Startup Advisors’ Council to help identify and address the opportunities and challenges facing high growth start-up businesses.

Government targets innovation-led growth to turbo-charge business potential

Hundreds of New Zealand companies are set to benefit from the launch of two new grants aimed at fuelling firms that want to innovate.

Budget 2022 bolsters legal aid, ensures continued access to justice

New Zealand’s legal aid scheme will be significantly strengthened with further investment from Budget 2022, Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi announced today.

Positioning the Māori media sector for the future

Investing in the Māori media sector over the next two years will support the industry while it transitions to a new public media environment, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today.

25 MAY 2022

Rollout of cameras on fishing vessels to begin

The Government has today confirmed key details of the nationwide rollout of cameras on commercial fishing vessels.

Boosting the Māori economy through Progressive Procurement

Māori businesses will play a vital role to help lift whānau Māori aspirations and dreams for a better life, while reinforcing New Zealand’s economic security.

Continuing to improve Māori employment outcomes through Cadetships

The continued Budget 22 investment into the Cadetship programmes will ensure Māori thrive in the labour market, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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