Buzz from the Beehive
The Beehive website treats us today to the speech – or “national statement – which our PM has delivered to the United Nations General Assembly.
The speech has been posted along with news about the government …
- investing around $19 million to support upgrades at 30 of the 32 “potential” sporting facilities earmarked for New Zealand co-hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: and
- announcing a strategy to enlist all government agencies in preserving Pacific languages.
The $19 million investment announced by Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson will support upgrades at “30 of the 32 potential sporting facilities earmarked for the tournament”, including pitch, lighting and facility enhancements, and gender-neutral changing spaces.
This suggests the Government does not know which sporting facilities will be used for the tournament but is investing the money regardless – just in case.
At least taxpayers aren’t picking up the full tab. The venues and local councils are also contributing to the costs of these upgrades.
A breakdown of the Government’s investment by region/venue can be found in the press statement which also points readers to a full list of venues earmarked by FIFA for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 on FIFA’s website. Continue reading “Ardern greets UN General Assembly in te reo before stating NZ’s stance on the big issues – including the wretched veto”