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”
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)”
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”