Jones breaks the Northland drought with the first shower of PGF millions since away back on June 11

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Shane Jones, the Minister of Munificence,  in a joint statement with fellow Northlander and Deputy PM Winston Peters, wrapped up a week of handout investment announcements with news of more millions for the people of his patch in the Far North.  This time it was a sum of $7.5 million to help Northland ventures combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus.

The good people of the region would have been delighted.  They hadn’t heard from their PGF benefactors since … how long has it been?

Oh, yes.  Almost a fortnight.   Back on June 19 Jones attended a blessing on the site where a small-scale facility will be built as part of a water storage development intended to help a Far North iwi use its land for higher value horticulture.

But there had been no announcement of new money since June 11, when a further $37.5 million investment on water storage was announced.

The announcement yesterday was that the PGF is giving  the Northern Adventure Experience a $5.59m funding boost and the Queenstown Resort College will receive $1.96m for a project to help retain and up-skill up to 250 tourism and hospitality employees “to tell the important stories of the region”. Continue reading “Jones breaks the Northland drought with the first shower of PGF millions since away back on June 11”