We didn’t hear a howl for more money, but community cohesion is being bucked-up anyway

Pouring more taxpayers’ money into one of many government troughs was not high on the list of priorities (at least, not in Point of Order’s  analysis) in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosques atrocity.

 But urgency is being given the handouts of cash to community groups for spending on social cohesion.

The Point of Order Trough Monitor alerted us at the weekend to the priority being given to providing more giveaways.

At time of writing the announcement had not been posted on the Beehive website.  But our emailed copy was headed …

Responding to the needs of ethnic communities after terror attacks Continue reading “We didn’t hear a howl for more money, but community cohesion is being bucked-up anyway”

Ethnicity data to be collected for “balance” in appointments to State sector boards

The strong whiff of meritocracy being further undermined in this country has reached Point of Order in the form of a press statement from Ethnic Communities Minister Jenny Salesa.

She says the Cabinet has agreed to collect ethnicity data for candidates appointed to State sector boards and committees.

These data will be used

” … to identify opportunities and challenges in delivering our goal of ensuring Government bodies have a balanced membership reflective of wider New Zealand society.”

In other words, ethnic identity will be a factor in appointing people to State-sector boards and committees and “balanced membership” will be more important than the abilities of appointees. Continue reading “Ethnicity data to be collected for “balance” in appointments to State sector boards”