Five Jones announcements bring good news (and millions of dollars) to the provinces – but other Ministers are spending, too

Latest from the Beehive –

Nine press releases (when we checked this morning) had flowed from the Beehive since we last reported.  Eight of them brayed about the money Ministers have been spending and  (as they prefer to put it) investing.

The sole exception came from Environment Minister David Parker, who provided a progress report on the passage of “the law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects”.

But without putting a dollar sign on it, Parker did have more good news for Queenstown (where the government has been pouring millions of dollars).

His statement advised that the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill, crafted to support and accelerate the government’s investment in infrastructure, environment and development projects while maintaining environmental and Treaty safeguards, has passed its second and third readings in the House.

He mentioned that Part 2 of the Resource Management Act, including the recognition of matters of national importance, will continue to apply and reference to it is being strengthened.

The Queenstown Arterials Project has been added to the 11 named projects originally listed in the Bill. Continue reading “Five Jones announcements bring good news (and millions of dollars) to the provinces – but other Ministers are spending, too”

The D-G should be chuffed after being praised by Ardern – now let’s see how hard the Minister is cuffed …

Prime  Minister  Jacinda  Ardern made a  point of  thanking  the Director-general of  Health, Dr  Ashley  Bloomfield, for his service over the Covid-19 lockdown.  She described  working with the health official “as a real honour”.

I consider NZ to be very lucky to have a public servant of Dr Bloomfield’s calibre leading the health response. His background in public health has meant I consider NZ to be among those countries who are a lucky to have the expertise in leading the response: one that considers the health and wellbeing of NZers in every respect.

It’s a tribute most folk  think  well deserved,  coming  as  it  did   on  the   last  day  of  level four  of the  lockdown.   And  Bloomfield has  earned  international  acclaim. Continue reading “The D-G should be chuffed after being praised by Ardern – now let’s see how hard the Minister is cuffed …”