Is the government digging itself into a hole as it awaits a solution to the problem of contested land at Ihumatao?
For two days in a row, PM Jacinda Ardern has backed away from questions over a Crown loan being used to purchase the land where a housing development has been held up because of a long-running protest.
Continue reading “The Ihumatao saga could have a far-reaching impact on NZ politics”
Is the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at risk of losing the halo she has worn so gracefully for so long?
No way, say her legions of supporters.
Just look at the reaction when Sydney radio veteran Alan Jones called on Australian PM Scott Morrison to “shove a sock down her throat”.
Continue reading “Is PM Ardern’s halo beginning to slip?”
It looks suspiciously like the government has a Biblical adviser to help with the names it gives to new agencies and programmes.
Earlier this week we turned to Google for a translation of “Hokai Rangi”, the name the Corrections Department has given to its widely publicised strategy for reducing (a) prison inmate numbers and (b) the high percentage of Maori in the prison population.
According to Google, the Government wants its brave new touchy-feely Corrections system to become Heaven.
And now we have an announcement from Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones that our new Infrastructure Commission should be known as …
… drum roll, please….
… the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga.
Continue reading “Jones and Bollard get into the creation business to decide how best to spend $41 billion”
James Shaw must go and be replaced as Minister of Statistics by a woman.
Julie Anne Genter, Shaw’s Green Party and ministerial colleague, hasn’t said so. But here at Point of Order we are confident she would agree.
The case for a woman taking over as Minister of Statistics is raised by a combination of the mismanaged 2018 census and by Genter’s championing of female leadership.
One analysis of the Stats NZ fiasco, by David Williams at Newsroom, says the census was bungled
“ … because of bad leadership, poor oversight, flawed decisions, and a misplaced hope that it’d turn out OK.” Continue reading “James Shaw’s number should be up with the Stats portfolio and (based on a Green colleague’s advice) a woman should take over”
PM Jacinda Ardern has been flying her government’s flag in the Tokelaus, as well as featuring on the cover of Vogue, achievements few of her predecessors have managed.
Such events have almost certainly strengthened the conviction of those who believe she has focussed the eyes of the world as never before on this country.
In any case, when Opposition Leader Simon Bridges attacked Ardern for being a “part-time prime minister” it was almost as if he had committed some kind of sacrilege. The NZ Herald’s cartoonist reacted with what he no doubt thought was a clever drawing showing Bridges scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Ardern’s mate Grant Robertson was hot under the collar, too. He raged that Bridges had been “disrespectful to the office of prime minister” and was engaging in “dirty politics”. Not only that, but there were “sexist overtones” in what Bridges was saying. Continue reading “Sure, the PM made the Vogue cover – but polls suggest some of the lustre has been lost”
PM Jacinda Ardern is on record as saying Phil Twyford did an “incredible” job in KiwiBuild.
So incredible she decided to move him on.
Perhaps “incredible” in the circumstances was not one of the most felicitous phrases. Most other New Zealanders see it as one of the government’s biggest failures.
Twyford didn’t have what the job needed, neither the knowledge of what the policy entailed nor the administrative ability to implement it. And there’s also the suspicion he didn’t have the people skills for building a team.
Ardern puts it more gently:
“KiwiBuild has not progressed as well or as quickly as we’d hoped or expected” Continue reading “The Incredible Shrinking Man? No, not Phil – he has gone from KiwiBuild to building the economy”
The Point of Order Trough Monitor has drawn attention to the creation of a brand-new fund. How rich will be the swill is still under consideration, it seems.
In the opening sentence of the announcement, the PM says improving the mental health and wellbeing of young members of the rainbow community is at the heart of the establishment of the Rainbow Wellbeing Legacy Fund.
Further down, she says the government is “proposing” to establish a charitable trust with a one-off endowment of $1 million.
It is unclear from this whether the matter proposed is the establishment of the trust or the size of the endowment.
The monitor was triggered again when Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced a handout from the Community Environment Fund, set up “to empower New Zealanders to make a positive difference to the environment”. Continue reading “PM announces a wellbeing fund for Rainbow people while greenies splash into an established fund”