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”

An ABC of science from Megan Woods (but you might need a translation) portends reform of the sector to lift diversity

Latest from the Beehive

A speech from Phil Twyford, speaking as Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth, can be found on the Beehive website today – for those of who relish that sort of thing.

He reminded his Asia Forum audience he has specific responsibility for our trading relationships with Southeast Asia and the Pacific and he addressed them on “the work being done to support economic resilience in the Indo-Pacific” for New Zealand and our partners in the region. 

 But Point of Order was drawn to two science-related announcements, one by Megan Woods, our Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, the other by her associate minister, Ayesha Verrall.

Neither was intended (apparently) to be easily digested by the general public.   

Woods’ announcement was that the latest research, science and innovation system report card is now available, and outlines how the system is performing.

Alas, she couldn’t resist using anagrams acronyms with which she presumably is familiar – but (we suspect) her audience might stumble. Continue reading “An ABC of science from Megan Woods (but you might need a translation) portends reform of the sector to lift diversity”

Govt will be hoping its R & D policies can spawn another ERoad

This is the year  of   delivery  by the  government  she leads,  Prime  Minister  Jacinda  Ardern has said –  the year     in  which   NZ    will be  transformed.

After   18   months  in office    there  have been precious   few  signs   of that  transformation  getting under way.     Even  one  of   Labour’s priorities — the provision of  affordable  housing — is lagging,  with  Housing   Minister Phil  Twyford at  risk of  making  himself a  laughing  stock.

Even less  of  a  laughing matter   is  the absence  of   any  green  shoots from  government-initiated programmes    in   lifting  the country’s  absymal rate  of  productivity. Continue reading “Govt will be hoping its R & D policies can spawn another ERoad”