Buzz from the Beehive
“Empowerment” is a bit like “Treaty partnership”. Just a decade or so ago you would rarely have heard of it.
Since then, its use has burgeoned and its meaning – like the meaning of the Treaty of Waitangi’s three simple clauses – has evolved to be applied to whatever the government wants to validate.
In a book titled Empowerment: The History of a Key Concept in Contemporary Development Discourse, Anne-Emmanuelle Calvès writes:
Since the late 1970s, the term “empowerment” has been liberally applied by academics and aid workers in the English-speaking world, including in social services, social psychology, public health, adult literacy and community development (Simon 1994).
Today the word is even more in vogue and has even entered the worlds of politics and business. From popular psychology to self-help, the infatuation with empowerment in the English-speaking world appears boundless: in 1997 there was even a book published in the United States on “self-empowerment” for dogs (Wise 2005).
This infatuation no doubt has infected the mindset of members of the Ardern ministerial team, because we noted this headline on one of the latest press statements posted on the Beehive website – Continue reading “Empowerment and partnership – both concepts come into the considerations of Ardern’s Treaty-sensitive government” →
Buzz from the Beehive
Remember the Provincial Growth Fund? This Government got rid of it, on being elected in 2020 without the need to take New Zealand First on board as a coalition partner.
But Ministers in the current Cabinet can still delight in turning up for ceremonies to mark progress on projects funded by the PGF. All going well, this provides a photo opportunity and will score favourable headlines in the local press.
Two Ministers have been busy showing off what has happened to the money previously distributed by their predecessors, one of them benefiting from PGF spending.
Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash turned the sod for the new Whakatāne Commercial Boat Harbour, cut the ribbon for the revitalised Whakatāne Wharf, and inspected work underway to develop the old Whakatāne Army Hall into a visitor centre, noting that all of these are part of the $36.8 million Government-funded Whakatāne Regeneration Programme.
The new boat harbour received $19.6 million and the first stage of remediation work at Whakatāne Wharf received $9.6 million from the from the Provincial Growth Fund, and the new visitor centre to be built by Ngāti Awa has received $7.6 million from the Government’s NZ Upgrade Programme. Continue reading “Provincial Growth Fund is still giving Ministers the chance to score a photo opportunity” →
We wonder if there is a need for our Minister of Building and Construction to arrange for a chat with the Minister of Transport and whoever else might help in getting building supplies from the place where they are stored to the places where they are needed.
We ask because on Tuesday we spotted a headline that advised:
Building materials shortage: Tradespeople unable to offer fixed prices due to shortages
Two days later we were drawn to the news that…
Warehouses in Auckland ‘completely full’ with building materials
The first story said housebuilders are being deterred from offering fixed prices on jobs by escalating prices and critical shortages of materials. Continue reading “Untangling the packed warehouse problem – dare we suggest it? – might solve the building materials problem” →
More spending for science has been announced by the government and another partnership has been established to do the work. This time the aim is to tackle the climate-change challenge.
The Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $6.68 million to a $16.7 million genetics programme, which aims
- to have productivity benefits, thereby creating a competitive advantage for New Zealand beef, and
- to lower the beef sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by delivering cows “with a smaller environmental hoof-print”.
Informing New Zealand Beef is a seven-year partnership with Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said.
But we wont necessarily see the hoped-for results within that time span. Rather, O’Connor says this work
“… is expected to result in more efficient cows within the next 25 years”. Continue reading “Govt contributes $16.7m to breeding partnership to beef up cattle productivity while abating the gas emissions” →