A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment mandarin’s intervention on the issue of the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund’s job creation raises further questions about public service neutrality and propriety. This follows hard on the heels of the IRD’s constitutional transgressions.
The NZ Herald yesterday yesterday drew attention to the conflict with two observations:
- National’s Paul Goldsmith says only 54 jobs have been created from funded Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) projects so far.
- Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones told Parliament late last year that 9000 jobs had been created.
The Herald proceeded to check out the MBIE website which shows more than 10,000 jobs are expected to be created as a result of Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) announcements made last year.
Seven thousand of these – almost 70 per cent – are estimated to come from just one project: The East Bay of Plenty Regional Development Project Implementation. Continue reading “MBIE’s job numbers raise questions about political neutrality and professional scepticism”
A press release from the PSA at 9:32 am which advised IR and MBIE workers on strike TODAY.
WHEN: Today, Monday 23 July, 1pm – 3pm
WHERE: Various locations around New Zealand (see below)
WHAT: 4000 PSA members from IR and MBIE take strike action
The statement advised that PSA members at Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment “will reluctantly hold a second day of strike action today”. Continue reading “Nurses won lots of sympathy – but who says tax collectors are invaluable?”
Deputy PM Winston Peters is a stickler for Cabinet protocols. We know that because he went so far as to include in the coalition agreement between NZ First and Labour last October a clause to record a Cabinet minute regarding the
“ … lack of process followed prior to the National-led govt sponsorship of UNSC 2334”.
So did Peters’ dedication to Cabinet protocols desert him when it came to the govt’s decision to axe the process of granting any future offshore oil and gas exploration licences?
After all, the decision delivers a potentially mortal blow to the Taranaki region where the oil and gas sector injects $2.5bn annually into the national economy. But isn’t NZ First the champion of regional economies? Continue reading “Oil, gas and chaos – process was burned in decision to ban new licences”