Jones spreads more public resources around the Tairawhiti region (without mentioning a political price tag)

First, as Minister of Forestry, Shane Jones is reported to have told people gathered for a forestry awards ceremony that he expected their votes in exchange for the funding he was giving them.

The funding he was giving them?

Actually, it is taxpayers’ money which he has the privilege of distributing.

Next, Jones was called by the Prime Minister to account for his remarks  – and then he doubled down and promised revenge:

Outspoken NZ First MP and Cabinet Minister Shane Jones has vowed he will have his revenge on those he says attempted to make him “quiver in the corner by running to the media”.

He said that as soon as the election campaign starts next year, and his Cabinet responsibilities are loosened, he will be going after his political rivals in the forestry sector.

“Now that they have started this spat, this utu [revenge] is best served cold and I would say, in about nine months’ time,” he told the Herald. Continue reading “Jones spreads more public resources around the Tairawhiti region (without mentioning a political price tag)”

How do we stem the West Coast’s population bleed? Let’s try another PGF transfusion

Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau, having dished out a few million dollars of our money in Hawke’s Bay, headed for the West Coast of the South Island.

His arrival there coincided with news that this  is the only part of the country where the population has declined, according to the latest census.

The New Zealand Herald, tapping into RNZ information, reported:

While regions such as Northland had rocketed ahead with 18 per cent growth in the five years to 2018, the coast’s population had slipped by 1.8 per cent, close to where it was 13 years ago.

The region’s flat-lining population was all the more worrying because of the fall in the number of children aged 15 or younger – down 9 per cent since 2013.

Hmm.  How can Tabuteau help?

 With more handouts from the Provincial Growth Fund, silly.   Continue reading “How do we stem the West Coast’s population bleed? Let’s try another PGF transfusion”

Food firms (which don’t seem to be ill-nourished) get a lick at funding from the PGF

Food innovation and greater employment opportunities are the focus for the latest Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investments – more than $14 million worth this time – for Hawke’s Bay.

The announcement by Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau triggered the Point of Order Trough Monitor.

The breakdown shows:

  • Hawke’s Bay Food Innovation Hub – $12 million
  • Te Ara Mahi Funded projects
    • Ngāti Pāhauwera Training and Employment Project – $1.359 million
    • Turners and Growers Emerging Leaders Pathways – $557,000
  • Apollo Foods – $300,000

Continue reading “Food firms (which don’t seem to be ill-nourished) get a lick at funding from the PGF”

Good for Northlanders – but how about the rest of taxpayers?

Hosannas for one of the latest handouts from the so-called Provincial Growth Fund – a $94.8m “investment” to bring up to operational standard a 54km section of the Northland rail line – were muted, not surprisingly.

NZ’s state-owned KiwiRail, which racked up a $235m loss in the 2018 year, and a $197m loss the year before that, looks as if it will be saddled with yet more loss-making services – but Deputy PM Winston Peters justifies the investment on the grounds the rail line to Whangarei would otherwise become “unsafe” and have to close within 5 years.

Continue reading “Good for Northlanders – but how about the rest of taxpayers?”

PGF provides for peanut processor Picot’s expansion project

The government has been splashing money around from an array of troughs in the past week.

Shane Jones was not the only minister to announce the handouts and the handouts weren’t peanuts, although a thriving peanut processor will be among the beneficiaries.

The Point of Order Trough Monitor has disclosed these projects for government spending and investment – Continue reading “PGF provides for peanut processor Picot’s expansion project”

If Seymour has done his sums correctly, each PGF-funded job is costing almost $1m

Provincial Growth Fund supports more full-time orchard jobs.

In May TVNZ took a hard look and decided (according to the headline on this reportJobs created by provincial growth fund may not be quite what they seem.

The report proceeded to reveal:  Continue reading “If Seymour has done his sums correctly, each PGF-funded job is costing almost $1m”

Jones is back in the Waikato with PGF money to propel Te Waka – or perhaps to top it up

We are open to correction, but it seems Provincial Growth Fund fairy dust is not sprinkled in the Waikato as generously as it is in – let’s say – Northland.

A year ago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones met with three district councils in the eastern Waikato – Thames-Coromandel, Hauraki, and Matamata-Piako – to discuss, among other things, the recently launched Guide to the PGF – Powering up Aotearoa – New Zealand’s Regions

A few days later Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau spoke at a meeting in Hamilton hosted by the newly formed Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency about the fund and the opportunities it provides for the region.

“Waikato is full of potential and the Government is committed to working with the region to lift productivity and build on its many attributes,” Fletcher Tabuteau said. Continue reading “Jones is back in the Waikato with PGF money to propel Te Waka – or perhaps to top it up”