MBIE’s job numbers raise questions about political neutrality and professional scepticism

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”

Nurses won lots of sympathy – but who says tax collectors are invaluable?

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?”

Oil, gas and chaos – process was burned in decision to ban new licences

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?

Surely   not.

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”