Shane Jones, in his role as Regional Economic Development Minister, has been showering money around the country so lavishly no-one would have been surprised if he had turned up this week in Parliament wearing Santa Claus’s gear.
The more cynical might argue he is buying (badly needed) votes for NZ First – though that would under-estimate the subtlety the old master Winston Peters brings to the game. The trick is to unlock donations to NZ First’s coffers from grateful industry beneficiaries: it worked a treat with the racing industry.
The problem for Jones in the coming year will be to identify where to place what’s left in the generously endowed – but nevertheless limited – Provincial Growth Fund.
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