Buzz from the Beehive
“Critical” infrastructure projects to kick-start new housing developments and accelerate growth in eight parts of the country are being enabled by a $192 million Government investment.
The words “three waters” are generously sprinkled through the announcement from Housing Minister Megan Woods.
They are mentioned in every allocation recorded in a table in the press statement which shows how much is being dished out for what purpose for favoured projects in Lower Hutt, Nelson, Rangiora, Ngāruawāhia, Hastings, Motueka, Whanganui and Lake Hāwea.
Here’s hoping voters remember at voting time next year, eh?
The investment is expected to enable around 11,500 homes across several housing developments over the next 10 to 15 years, Megan Woods said.
Notes accompanying the press statement tell us the Infrastructure Acceleration Fund (IAF) is a contestable fund “of approximately $1 billion”.
Approximately? Don’t they know how much exactly?
Continue reading “Woods hails “massive” investment in infrastructure – and details show how “three waters” loom large in allocating the lovely lolly” →
Buzz from the Beehive
Wow. The long weekend seems to have been a powerful pick-me-up for our politicians, who have pumped out a raft of statements over the past two days.
Most of their press releases were to alert us to decisions to improve our wellbeing, although we wonder if that’s the case when we retaliate against President Putin for his antics in Ukraine. He is threatening to up the ante by unleashing some of his nuclear weapons, after all.
Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta nevertheless has announced the imposition of further sanctions on members of Putin’s inner circle and other representatives of the Russian political elite, as part of the Government’s ongoing response to the war in Ukraine.
Since the passing of the Russia Sanctions Act in March, New Zealand has imposed sanctions on over 1000 individuals and entities,
“… a key part of our efforts to hold Russia accountable and support Ukraine,” Nanaia Mahuta said. Continue reading “More Russians on the sanctions list – that will punish Putin’s cronies, but what might he do next to express his displeasure?” →
Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson’s accomplishments as Associate Minister of Housing (Homelessness) became an issue that aroused our interest during the past week, although mainstream news media seemed more fascinated by Davidson’s playing of the race card when National’s Nicola Willis linked crime with homelessness.
At Question Time in Parliament, Willis asked Davidson:
Can she confirm that in the five months since becoming a Minister, she has not taken a single paper to Cabinet committee or Cabinet and has not issued a single press release?
Speaker Trevor Mallard let her off the hook by ruling this did not relate to the primary question.
Davidson was given a chance to answer the question outside the House, when reporters asked her about her achievements as minister. But as Stuff reported –
… when questioned about what she had achieved as minister she abruptly left the press stand-up mid-question.
She said she had been engaging with the community since being in the job, and had continued to oversee the rollout of a homelessness housing plan. “I have continued to progress the actions for preventing homelessness,” she said.
But instead of answering a further question, her press secretary said: “Thanks, guys – that’s enough.” Continue reading “Davidson tweets her rebuttal (with a “racism” barb) in spat over homelessness and crime but has yet to issue a ministerial press statement” →