Buzz from the Beehive: Budget announcements are still flowing but criminals will pay for Poto’s new law and order initiative

Ministers continue to beat the drum for the goodies dispensed in the Budget, a week after Finance Minister Grant Robertson delivered his Budget speech and the Government published a raft of documents and press statements to tell the nation who got how much. 

Some of the ministerial post-Budget announcements relate to services that are being provided for all who need them.  Or rather, all who need them until the money runs out, presumably.

In addition to the $15.5 million spent each year to help people battling with eating disorders, for example, $3.9 million in extra funding over four years has been secured as part of Budget 2022.

“This will help increase the capacity of eating disorder services and reinforces our continued focus and commitment to improve mental health and addictions support in Aotearoa,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. Continue reading “Buzz from the Beehive: Budget announcements are still flowing but criminals will pay for Poto’s new law and order initiative”

Lights, camera – action: govt sets the scene for a film industry to flourish (maybe) in Christchurch

 

 A command economy (we reminded ourselves today) is a system where the government, rather than the free market, determines what goods should be produced, how much should be produced, and the price at which the goods are offered for sale. It also determines investments and incomes.

Investopedia says the command economy is a key feature of any communist society.

Is a part-command economy a key feature of a part-communist society, therefore?

Our thinking was prompted by yet another government decision to allocate resources or encourage the allocation of resources for a development which – so far as we can tell – would be supported by private-sector investors if it had any economic merit.

The latest example is the government approving a proposal to provide for the development and operation of commercial film and video production facilities in areas of Christchurch.

More correctly, Poto Williams, glorifying in the title “Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration” , said she has approved the proposal, which was prepared and submitted by Regenerate Christchurch. Continue reading “Lights, camera – action: govt sets the scene for a film industry to flourish (maybe) in Christchurch”