Five Jones announcements bring good news (and millions of dollars) to the provinces – but other Ministers are spending, too

Latest from the Beehive –

Nine press releases (when we checked this morning) had flowed from the Beehive since we last reported.  Eight of them brayed about the money Ministers have been spending and  (as they prefer to put it) investing.

The sole exception came from Environment Minister David Parker, who provided a progress report on the passage of “the law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects”.

But without putting a dollar sign on it, Parker did have more good news for Queenstown (where the government has been pouring millions of dollars).

His statement advised that the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill, crafted to support and accelerate the government’s investment in infrastructure, environment and development projects while maintaining environmental and Treaty safeguards, has passed its second and third readings in the House.

He mentioned that Part 2 of the Resource Management Act, including the recognition of matters of national importance, will continue to apply and reference to it is being strengthened.

The Queenstown Arterials Project has been added to the 11 named projects originally listed in the Bill. Continue reading “Five Jones announcements bring good news (and millions of dollars) to the provinces – but other Ministers are spending, too”