Nine years of neglect

When National were in Government they kept harking  back to the previous Government, blaming Helen Clark and her ministers for nine years of doing some things different to how National might have done them.

Now Labour and Winston Peters are laying the ‘last nine years’ on rather thick, with Simon Bridges reinforcing the past time frame.

From Question time in Parliament today – Question No. 2—Prime Minister:

Hon Simon Bridges: Does he accept that more than 32,000 people have either gone on strike or have signalled they will go on strike this year and that this figure exceeds the number of people that went on strike in the last nine years?

Hon Simon Bridges: Does he disagree, as he said this morning, with the statement that more than 32,000 people have either gone on strike or have signalled they’ll go on strike this year and that this figure exceeds the number of people that went on strike in the last nine years?

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: Can I say that there are a number of negotiations going on, because this Government does not have a tin ear. We understand the conditions under which they have suffered after nine years of neglect where the whole intent of the Government was to govern for the few against the interests of the mass and the many.

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: The reality is that if, for example—to use an analogy—there is a so-called bus stop where no bus bothers to turn up, then it’s quite likely no one actually goes to the bus stop. But we run transport services and we listen. And so a whole lot of people out there say, “Maybe we should approach the new Government and get a fairer deal.”, and we are saying to them, “You will get a fair deal, but we can’t turn around nine years of neglect in the space of one Budget.”

Question No. 5—Finance:

Hon GRANT ROBERTSON: Actually, if we look at per-person growth since New Zealand exited the recession, it’s shrunk nearly a quarter of the time since the recession. So under the previous Government’s policies, it was actually going backwards. In this case, it’s not growing quite as fast as we would like, because it will take a little longer than one quarter of activity to correct the last nine years.

Hon GRANT ROBERTSON: Of course I agree with the Minister of Energy and Resources, who’s doing a fantastic job. From time to time in the economy, we have to deal with certain supply constraints. What I do know is that sticking our heads in the sand and ignoring issues like climate change isn’t going to deliver New Zealand a sustainable economy. We’re doing something about it after nine years of the previous Government doing nothing.

Question No. 6—Housing and Urban Development:

Hon PHIL TWYFORD (Minister of Housing and Urban Development): Yes. After nine years of neglect, we can’t go from zero homes to 10,000 overnight, but we are making solid progress in increasing the capacity of the construction industry.

Question No. 8—Health:

That is the result of nine years of underfunding.

I hope we don’t get nine years of talking about the last nine years. It’s already stale and lame.

At least the Green ministers just get on with trying to do their jobs in however man years they get to do it. And David Seymour gets to go dancing.


  1. Zedd

     /  June 26, 2018

    Yes.. ‘Team Key/English’ used this excuse for at least half of their 9 loooooong years.. did anyone REALLY not expect, the new Lab/NZF/Grn Govt. to at least do this for 1-2 years ?
    How soon some (right) forget.. :/

    • Zedd

       /  June 26, 2018

      I see it.. I hear & I dont believe it.
      “we never did anything wrong.. in Govt.” sez this Natl opposition 😀

      • Blazer

         /  June 26, 2018

        MBIE Joyces gravy train taking the piss…’At the time, the ministry did not clarify why the select committee report numbers did not add up.

        “MBIE has always responded to parliamentary select committee questions in good faith and in line with the available guidance,” a Ministry spokesperson said in a statement this afternoon.

        “But we recognised that we could make improvements to increase consistency and transparency, and make the complex information provided easier to understand.”

        this is fairly easy to understand..MBIE…’
        review of MBIE spending on consultants and contractors – completed in April – showed it spent $77m in this way in 2015/16, but told a select committee it had spent almost half that.’

        the gun should be going off.

  2. Blazer

     /  June 26, 2018

    the facts are National spent 9 years avoiding tackling the big issues,productivity stagnated and all they did was bury NZ in…debt.

    • PDB

       /  June 26, 2018

      Not tackling the big issues like earthquakes and a GFC you mean?

      At least this govt faced up to the big issues straight away – billions of $ first year free for students that is a failure except in vote-buying, billions of $ in a slush fund for Shane Jones to throw around without a care, billions of $ for Winston to fight an unwinnable war in the pacific against the Chinese & increase overseas diplomats – not to mention the larger than forecast surplus they were gifted by the outgoing National govt.

      With all those billions of $ flushed down the loo the govt only have themselves to blame if they can’t pay off their union masters or continue to break most of their election promises.

      • Blazer

         /  June 26, 2018

        as you’ve been told the very people Nat syncophants adore, the Wall St parasites caused the GFC,and had to be bailed by ordinary hardworking taxpayers.As for the Christchurch earthquakes the bungling incompetence of the Nats has now been revealed.They did bail out AMI of course…because private enterprise is so…efficient!!

        • PDB

           /  June 26, 2018

          Not only did National hand over an economy well in surplus & with billions to spend but they handed over an economy with low debt internationally – quite a feat considering National took over as the GFC started to bite and then major earthquakes hit. What did grant have to say on the matter?

          Stuff: “When he isn’t using social media to shame Wellington’s landlords, Grant Robertson is New Zealand’s Minister of Finance.

          In that capacity, he recently took to Radio NZ to assure the country that we are well placed to weather any global economic shock. The fundamentals of our economy are strong, he says.

          Why should we be so confident? “The low level of public debt is a really important part of it,” Robertson told Guyon Espiner. We are “a country that always has to be aware of external shocks” and that this is “…why we keep our public debt lower than a lot of other countries”.

          Huh? This is the same man who, since becoming opposition finance spokesman in 2014, has repeatedly criticised the government for the same level of public debt. It is, in fact, the same person who said in 2016 said the amount of debt accrued to that point would hamstring our ability to respond to the next downturn.”

          “Looking at the facts, I think this year’s version of Robertson has the better of the argument. Expressed as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product, our sovereign debt is low compared to most countries. In fact, we have one of the smallest levels of such debt in the OEC”

  3. PartisanZ

     /  June 26, 2018

    Up here in Northland we don’t have to worry about “nine years of neglect” …

    We can quite legitimately point to twenty years of neglect by National, altered only by them losing the seat to Winston in 2014 … and buying it back in 2017 … narrowly …

    Now there’s a bidding war on for this Parliamentary seat, with National simultaneously mocking Labour/NZ First for millions of dollars of Pork Barreling via the PGF, while National themselves are Pork Barreling to the tune of billions via RoNS …

    Paul Goldsmith said exactly this last week in the Northland Age and Matt King has returned this week doing the same thing … Here’s my response …

    Matt King MP claims he’s “not tossing billions around” (‘Our seat for sale?’ 26 June).
    If $4 billion for a four lane motorway from Wellsford-to-Whangarei – added to Roads of National Significance specially for the 2017 election – isn’t “shameless Pork Barrelling” and attempting to buy the Parliamentary seat, I don’t know what is.
    Additionally, $1.7 billion is required for RoNS to even reach Wellsford. $5.7 billion altogether to serve a region that presently contributes $7 billion or 2.6% of NZ’s GDP – sixth smallest of NZ’s 15 regions – half the 5.2% of the next smallest GDP region originally allocated RoNS, Bay of Plenty.
    It beggars belief to say that the topography and demographics of Northland is against rail when a railway line already exists to and beyond Whangarei, and its development is primarily aimed at shifting bulk freight to and from Northport and Auckland.
    And to say these things in a newspaper whose main readership lives in the Far North, who stand to benefit least of all from RoNS, is to invert the faculty of reason.
    Four lanes to Whangarei might even backfire on our district if provincial roads continue to be neglected and some become clogged as the bottleneck moves North. It will be no better for trucks, worse if there’s more of them, and could potentially diminish our tourist visitors’ experience.
    Labour-led’s transport plan includes a time and safety improved State Highway 1 perfectly sufficient to support the region’s growth well into the future, supplemented by rail.
    If Matt King truly recognised the size and diversity of his electorate as he claims, he wouldn’t promote a single ‘think big’ Pork Barrel project, but spread the benefits of regional development all across the region.

    • Up North

       /  June 27, 2018

      PartisanZ all 3 mayors as well the regional council chair along with the vast majority of the business community and public as well as the Northland economic action plan have identified the proposed dual carriageway the single biggest most important infrastructure for the north. You talk about Northland being neglected and then you bag the piece of infrastructure that could make a real difference. This motorway was proposed well before any elections you mention along with the major initiative of rural broadband, another game changer. Rail is a dead duck in Northland it has never been economic and never will. I suggest you do some research on this topic.
      The Labour govt safety improvements will amount to bugger all in Northland given the small budget increase they have allocated to it.

  4. Blazer

     /  June 26, 2018

    as for National handing out hardworking kiwi taxpayers to useless consultants…its enough to make you throw up…hey ,let me lend you our watch ,so you can tell us the…time..don’t forget to charge us eyewatering fees…mind…

    • PDB

       /  June 26, 2018

      Drop in the ocean compared to the wastage this mob have achieved in just over 6 months.

      • Blazer

         /  June 26, 2018

        $500,000,000 is a drop in the bucket…fix alot of hips,cataracts,etc with that sort of…wasted money.Hope you got your..share.
        Pssst,National have kicked people out of state houses in Pt England for a PP build of affordable houses…heres the deal…’some’ can have the land ‘free’ until they build and sell a house..for around $860,000…talk about OPM.
        Must be the plan Nats paid Neville Body( ex Fay Richwhite) consultant 2.3 mil to come up..with.

        • PDB

           /  June 26, 2018

          You really are struggling there Blazer – who’d of thought – under National you demolish old state homes on large plots of land and you can provide even more new homes on those same plots, including more state homes?

          “State house owner and manager Housing New Zealand Corporation is working with businesses to develop 23,600 new Auckland residences on state-owned land, of which 11,000 will be new state houses and the rest affordable and free-market places.
          In the most radical transformation of the city’s state housing, HNZC’s Auckland Housing Programme which began in June 2016 is a 10-year joint initiative between the state house provider and a subsidiary of HNZC – HLC (Homes. Land. Community.), a spokesperson for HNZC said.

          Big projects are in high-needs areas of Northcote, Avondale, Mt Roskill and Mangere.
          HLC was previously called the Hobsonville Land Company and is headed by Chris Aiken, whose work developing 4500 new residences for about 11,000 people in Hobsonville has been lauded by Housing Minister Phil Twyford as a the best example of how state land can be used in new ways successfully to increase the city’s housing supply.”

          • Blazer

             /  June 27, 2018

            ‘ develop 23,600 new Auckland residences on state-owned land, of which 11,000 will be new state houses’…

            less than 1/2 are state houses.Line up for your free land.

            • PDB

               /  June 27, 2018

              More state homes then were on those plots + the extra bonus of 1000’s more ‘affordable’ housing on those same plots. Do keep up.

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