KiwiSaver cash is to be kept away from oil and gas industries and tourists are to be kept apart from homeless people housed in motels

A gush of statements and speeches from the Beehive ranges in significance from Damien O’Connor’s trip to London and Brussels to press on with free trade negotiations to  Chris Hipkins dealing with the way schools are organised in Harewa.

Changes to the Kiwisaver scheme include measures to discourage or disallow us from trying to make a buck from the oil and gas industries.

Oh – and change is in the offing in Rotorua for homeless people who are given emergency housing in motels.   One of the consequences will be to separate these motel dwellers from the tourists.

Then there’s a major change for the tertiary education sector – six new Workforce Development Councils have been formally established with an interesting guarantee from Education Minister Hipkins – he said they will “ensure” people graduate with the right skills at the right time to address skill shortages.

Let’s see …  Continue reading “KiwiSaver cash is to be kept away from oil and gas industries and tourists are to be kept apart from homeless people housed in motels”

Hawke’s Bay gets a $68.3 million fillip from the PGF – and there’s more to come

The latest handouts from the Provincial Growth Fund were announced today as “a suite” of investments comprising transport infrastructure, digital connectivity, water storage, and skills and employment in the Hawke’s Bay region.

Suite? Or sweets?

This has been a lolly scramble.

Some of the $68.3 million is racially tagged with handouts from the PGF’s Whenua Māori programme.

The Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau, today issued four separate press statements.

Environment Minister David Parker got in on the act with one of the announcements to deliver an assurance about investments in two water storage initiatives, an aquifer mapping project, and a region-wide water assessment project “to better understand the region’s wider water needs”.

These projects are unlike the highly controversial Ruataniwha scheme, he said – they will assist the conversion of livestock farms to horticulture.

But wait – there’s more.  Further investments in industry-led activities in the Hawke’s Bay region will be announced in the coming months. Continue reading “Hawke’s Bay gets a $68.3 million fillip from the PGF – and there’s more to come”