Minister brags about the July 1 wellbeing boost but (oblivious to govt’s borrowing) Greens press for even bigger benefits

A swag of Ministers joined in proclaiming a raft of initiatives which kick in today, all intended (but not necessarily guaranteed) to support New Zealand’s economic recovery from Covid, while addressing child poverty, housing, and climate change.

“Together, today’s initiatives deliver on our priorities of lifting more children out poverty, improving the state of rental housing and reducing our climate emissions while supporting our economic recovery from COVID,” Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni said.

The Green Party responded by saying

  • It welcomes the 1 July changes to support families and children, but
  • The main benefit increase must go further to help pull New Zealanders out of poverty.

The Greens’ spokesperson for Social Development & Employment, Ricardo Menéndez March, referenced a new poll published today which shows a majority of New Zealanders from different backgrounds think the Government should increase income support beyond what was announced in Budget 2021.

Did the poll gauge the willingness of these respondents to pay extra taxes to raise the readies? Continue reading “Minister brags about the July 1 wellbeing boost but (oblivious to govt’s borrowing) Greens press for even bigger benefits”

The future of broadcasting is in Faafoi’s hands (which might not be as fumble-free as CEOs decided last year)

Back  in  September,  when reporting  its annual assessment  of  what it calls  “Mood  of  the  Boardroom”,  the New Zealand Herald featured  an article on how  CEOs ranked  Cabinet  ministers on  performance.

Lo and behold,  17th-ranked  Kris  Faafoi  emerged   as  the minister  who  most  impressed  “top  chief  executives”.

The   report    quoted   a  “leading  banker”  (who  sensibly  remained anonymous)  as   saying the

“ … unsung performers of this  Cabinet   are  David Parker and  Kris Faafoi.  Both have  reached out to the business  community to  genuinely ask for  our  views and  listened. They also put  government policies  in their  areas  into perspective”.

 Point  of  Order   can only wonder   whether   those   top  CEOs   are still clinging to the  view  they  expressed  last  September  that   Faafoi  is  a  “safe  pair of hands”. Continue reading “The future of broadcasting is in Faafoi’s hands (which might not be as fumble-free as CEOs decided last year)”

He’s business bosses’ favourite politician but broadcasting challenge will put Faafoi’s mettle to the test

Kris  Faafoi, ranked   17th  in  Cabinet, emerged  as  the  politician who most  impressed  top  chief  executives for ministerial performance in this year’s  NZ  Herald  CEOs survey.

It  is  the  first time in the history  of the  Mood of the Boardroom survey  that a  minister  ranked towards the tailend  of  Cabinet, and who had been in the position  only  since  January,  had  substantially outranked his colleagues.

Fran  O’Sullivan  reported   Faafoi  is  seen as  an engaging   politician  with a  safe pair of hands.  She  quoted  one  business leader   finding Faafoi displaying  “real understanding, energy  and  integrity”.

Faafoi’s  key portfolio,  so far  as  the business leaders   are concerned,   is  Commerce,  but he    also holds  Broadcasting, Communications,  and Digital  Media As  well he carries the  Associate Housing  responsibility.

And  it  is  in one of those  portfolios   where  Faafoi’s  mettle  as a  minister  is  being seriously tested. Continue reading “He’s business bosses’ favourite politician but broadcasting challenge will put Faafoi’s mettle to the test”