Stuff from the Beehive
There are plenty of mentions of partnerships in the latest batch of ministerial press releases. Mentions of the costs of the programmes which ministers are promoting are harder to find.
Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio issued a statement to say strengthening partnerships with Pacific communities is at the heart of the Government’s new Pacific Wellbeing Strategy, There was no sign of a dollar sign.
Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni issued a statement to say that – following on from last week’s Better Pathways Package announcement and Apprenticeship Boost 50,000th apprentice milestone – the Government is continuing momentum, supporting over 1,000 more rangatahi into employment, through new funding for He Poutama Rangatahi.
She says a partnership approach is being taken. She does not mention the cost.
Land Information Minister Damien O’Connor announced that New Zealand and Australia have partnered to deliver the Southern Positioning Augmentation Network (SouthPAN), with the first services available in the next few weeks.
He did not mention the cost but did say the quantified economic benefits are estimated to be $864m over the next 20 years
“… and will provide New Zealanders with greater economic security into the future.”
In another statement, as Minister of Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture, O’Connor tells us he will travel tomorrow to India and Indonesia for trade and agricultural meetings to promote the Government’s trade agenda. Continue reading ““Partnership” is amply plugged but information is sparse on the costs to taxpayers of the programmes being promoted”