Cabinet Minister Shane Jones is under fire for promising utu against the whistleblower who told the NZ Herald about his comments at the forestry awards evening.
Jones, adopting Donald Trump’s technique, says he knows who went to the Herald and he’s going to “deal to them”.
“When the election comes around and the Cabinet restrictions have been loosened, then I am personally going to deal to these National Party sympathisers who thought that it was a smart idea to try and have me quivering in a corner by racing to the media.At the appropriate time, I will deal to them as a big-time, NZ First wrestler.”
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.
Air NZ CEO Chris Luxon raised Defence hackles with his proposal to use the RNZAF base Whenuapai for commercial services. The air force has long resisted this for reasons of security, safety and the absence of land for passenger terminals and parking.
Cynics reckon this is an opening salvo from Luxon who seems headed to Parliament sooner rather than later. Sometimes the airline thinks it is the only business in town.
It looks suspiciously like the government has a Biblical adviser to help with the names it gives to new agencies and programmes.
Earlier this week we turned to Google for a translation of “Hokai Rangi”, the name the Corrections Department has given to its widely publicised strategy for reducing (a) prison inmate numbers and (b) the high percentage of Maori in the prison population.
According to Google, the Government wants its brave new touchy-feely Corrections system to become Heaven.
And now we have an announcement from Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones that our new Infrastructure Commission should be known as …
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.