The Point of Order Trough Monitor reminds us that the government has filled more than one trough with taxpayers’ money for oinkers. It was alerted when the Department of Internal Affairs invited “members of the public” to line up for a dip into a trough under its control.
At much the same time the monitor’s sensors were triggered by New Zealand First leaders announcing they were dishing out more millions in their home patch of Northland.
Point of Order readers will recall that at November 30 last year, Northland had secured funding of $353.3 million (22% of the $1.6 billion total distributed at that time from the Provincial Growth Fund) for 86 projects.
This put it far ahead of the second-placed East Coast ($238.6m for 45 projects, or 15% of the total) as major beneficiaries from the fund.
In the past few days another $126.4m has been poured into the region.
But first, let’s look at the Department of Internal Affairs announcement: Continue reading “PGF pumps more millions into Northland while Internal Affairs draws attention to another trough”