Buzz from the Beehive – lots of spending, some foreign affairs initiatives and (be nervous, readers) a review of our electoral laws

Just in case the affected voters and constituencies haven’t bothered to check how much funding they are being given in Budget 2022 (or how much they have  lost in some cases), ministers have been letting them know in post-Budget press statements.

At least, they have been letting them know when the sums have been increased. They tend not to draw attention to budgets that have been cut.

Today we learn that – Continue reading “Buzz from the Beehive – lots of spending, some foreign affairs initiatives and (be nervous, readers) a review of our electoral laws”

Auckland Light Rail comes off the tracks – and we can only imagine where Twyford might be shunted

Latest from the Beehive –

Winston Peters was chuffed by prospects for New Zealand horse sales, Stuart Nash and Eugenie Sage went out to bat for endangered dolphins, and Carmel Sepuloni and Damien O’Connor were campaigning to introduce Covid-19-affected workers to farm animals.  In the case of help for Covid-19-affected workers, we imagine the ministers were talking about workers who have lost their jobs because of the government’s extreme measures to combat the pandemic rather than workers who have been infected by Covid-19.

Meanwhile Phil Twyford was putting lame ducks into the headlines by announcing a Cabinet agreement to end the twin track Auckland Light Rail process and refer the project to the Ministry of Transport for further work.

Despite extensive cross-party consultation, the said when revealing his latest political setback, government parties were unable to reach agreement on a preferred proposal. The future of the project will now be decided by the government following September’s general election.

Twyford said two credible and deliverable proposals had been received. But neither was sufficiently credible or deliverable – we may suppose – to pass muster with the Cabinet (or New Zealand First components of the Cabinet). Continue reading “Auckland Light Rail comes off the tracks – and we can only imagine where Twyford might be shunted”