Just as we anticipated, Shane Jones left the Kapiti Coast yesterday and crossed the Rimutakas to distribute more largesse from the Provincial Growth Fund in the Wairarapa.
He did not travel by train (so far as we know), but he spoke as Associate Minister of Transport to extol the virtues of rail transport and explained why PGF goodies were being invested in KiwiRail and rail hubs.
He also spoke as Minister of Forestry to enthuse about trees and the economic potential of logging.
Yep. Value-add seemed to have been forgotten – the talk was about humping logs to ports by rail for shipping overseas.
Perhaps that’s why he wasn’t wearing his Regional Economic Development hat. Economic development calls for doing something more than chopping trees down and sending logs to China. Continue reading “Value-add is sidelined while Jones enthuses about railways and export logs”