Visual news: Minister prepares a sign-language statement to trumpet announcement about help for the hearing-impaired

The Ardern government – focused on promoting wellbeing and diversity – is obviously keen to ensure the beneficiaries of its spending decisions are not left oblivious to what it is doing for them.

Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin yesterday made one of the spending announcements that inevitably trigger the Point of Order Trough Monitor (which is programmed to alert us to government spending decisions but not to make value judgements about the worthiness of  those decisions).

In this case, the announcement related to increased funding of $9.9 million over the next four years to benefit children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

To ensure the target audience was informed of what has been decided, the press statement emerged from the Minister’s office in two forms.
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Goodies for Northland: the gravy train – and Shane – ride in again

Yesterday was Friday so Shane Jones and his bag(s) of goodies should have been in ….

Oh, yes.  Back on his home patch of Northland and (no surprise) he returned to distribute  money.

Meningitis was there, too, as a political rival , Whangarei MP Shane Reti, pointed out.

An agenda item for next week’s Northland District Health Board meeting confirms that there has been another case of Meningitis W in Northland, Reti said in a press statement. 

“This brings the total to two this year after a seven month old child contracted the disease earlier in the year. There were seven cases of Meningitis W in Northland last year and an outbreak was declared on 8 November, resulting in one death.”

Reti had “grave concerns” that meningitis would flare up again over winter.

He called for the Ministry of Health to release the thousands of unused meningitis vaccines “that are slowly expiring” and make them immediately available free of charge to all Northland children. Continue reading “Goodies for Northland: the gravy train – and Shane – ride in again”

Money is dished up for the war on plastics, development in Kapiti and the promotion of te reo

It’s been a bit quiet, on the Provincial Growth Fund front. We had supposed (a) Shane Jones needed a breather from ladelling out money up and down the country; (b) the PGF trough needed replenishing; or (c) a mix of both.

We were caught napping, therefore,when the Point of Order Trough Monitor was triggered by a flurry of announcements.

First, in tandem with Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage, he announced a $40 million allocation from the PGF for investment in projects to tackle waste. Officials are being despatched to look for suitable recipients.

Then Jones headed for Otaki where the good people of the Kapiti Coast learned they are in the money.  Or a few of them are and the money is modest.  Perhaps they are at the wrong end of the North Island. Continue reading “Money is dished up for the war on plastics, development in Kapiti and the promotion of te reo”

$56.1m to sort out Maori land ownership – but Mahuta will be cheered if the land remains undeveloped

Delivering for Māori and the whenua.  

In this, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced that Budget 2019 has allocated $56.1 million over four years towards implementing the Whenua Māori Programme which Mahuta announced in February.  

She described this as “a strategic investment into the development of whenua, Māori freehold landowners and their whānau.”

Among the objectives, the programme will support Māori landowners, trustees and whānau including those who are ready to apply for further  public funding through the Provincial Growth Fund.  Continue reading “$56.1m to sort out Maori land ownership – but Mahuta will be cheered if the land remains undeveloped”

NZ First ministers announce more handouts from the PGF while Mahuta announces money for Maori

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones can’t be in two places at once and so had to share the headlines today, as more handouts from the Provincial Growth Fund were announced.

Jones took care of announcing a dip into the fund to boost economic growth in Otago.

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis shared the limelight. He enthused about Clutha Gold being one of the 22 Great Rides of Ngā Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail “and we’re delighted to be encouraging more people to get on a bike and experience the beauty of Central Otago through this investment,” he said.

Investment?

The press statement says the PGF will provide a “grant” of $6.5m to the project and the Government’s Cycle Trail Enhancement and Extension Fund will provide an additional $1.5 million.

A press statement from the office of the Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau,  meanwhile, drew attention to a more modest bucket of PGF goodies for the Wairarapa.

In this case New Zealand First’s Ron Mark had the pleasure of making the announcement in Carterton. He is a former mayor of Carterton.

A “strategic investment into the development of whenua” was another announcement today.

Budget 2019 allocates $56.1 million over four years towards implementing the Whenua Māori Programme which Mahuta announced in February.  

We were alerted to these goings-on with taxpayers’ money by the Point of Order Trough Monitor, which keeps tabs on Beehive announcements of government spending, investments, handouts, giveaways – and so on.

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Shane spreads good cheer in Northland, Mahuta hands out housing money and Robertson opens a trough for women

We  were awakened around 6.30am by the familiar sound of the Point of Order Trough Monitor’s alarm , which alerts us to press statements about government spending.

Sure enough, a new statement was headed $3.2m for transport infrastructure in Opononi.

It affirmed that Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones was in his home patch of Northland, where he attended the blessing of the Opononi Seawall blessing this morning.

He will be in Northland for a few hours, so we keenly await news of more largess being distributed before the day is done.

Oh, and while we were checking the monitor for Jones’ latest contribution to the wellbeing of the good people of Northland,  our attention was drawn to

  • The launch of a brand-new trough (for young women),
  • More housing handouts in Taumaranui, and
  • (More good news for Northland) a progress report on developments at Whangarei Hospital.

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Capacity funding for the regions – but it’s trifling compared with recent housing handout

Roll up, roll up, and get your snouts into this  lovely lolly …

Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau didn’t say that, exactly.

But the Point of Order Trough Monitor alerted us yesterday to his announcing Provincial Growth Fund support “to bolster capacity for those working on the frontline of regional economic development”.

It’s a modest trough of slops.

“Up to $200,000 a year of funding per region for up to two years will be made available to organisations in regions eligible for PGF funding,” Mr Tabuteau said.

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