Splashing cash at Waitangi

So far one of the biggest stories of the lead up to Waitangi Day is the splashing of Government cash.

It looks more like a political pork barrel campaign than a dignified marking of New Zealand’s most important historical event.

And it’s not just the PR use and abuse of being in the national spotlight that is raising questions.

Newshub can reveal the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), designed to create jobs and boost the regions, has only created 54 jobs and spent just $26.6 million of its $3 billion.

Even with just 3.4 percent of the funding paid out, each job is costing the Government about $484,000.

Minister in charge of ther Money Machine, Shane Jones:

“I accept that the projects are going to take a while to fully establish…The Regional Economic Development Minister find himself tangled up in the Government’s own red tape. Despite my heroic rhetoric, it is quite a red tape process”.


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  1. Duker

     /  February 4, 2019

    [Deleted. Don’t keep making unsubstantiated (and false) accusations. PG]

    • Making smeary accusations is a nasty slippery slope that I won’t tolerate made against anyone here. And you are totally wrong, just like the last time you tried this line of attack.

  2. Duker

     /  February 4, 2019

    Someone is creating the fake Twitter account Jacinda DJ account….shades of the time described in Dirty Politics ,Jason Ede was working in the Beehive and creating fake pictures and stories AND sending them to bloggers like Farrar and Slater

    • Spoof Twitter accounts are common. I saw the tweet on Twitter and decided to add it to the post. I put it all together myself without anyone sending me anything or suggesting anything. Thaat’s how I usually do things.

      Trying to link me to others and to smear me when you don’t like a post is what is dirty here. and it’s not the first time.

      If you don’t like dirty politics then don’t do it.

      • Duker

         /  February 4, 2019

        Im not supported by any political party for my comments. I apologise for comparing you with Farrar and Slater

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 4, 2019

      Good grief. The Left spoof Trump all the time and think nothing of it. Someone spoofs Ardern and Duker loses it.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  February 4, 2019

    So, ummmmm … How do you measure the ‘jobs’ created by a $9 million roundabout at Waipapa? Is it only the few construction workers who build it? Are there ‘flow ons’ into other industries and general job creation … Tourism?

    And what of road safety? [Always the first thing Blueys mention regarding their mighty Four Lanes … the biggest Pork Barrel of them all]. If te roundabout results in less ’employment’ of emergency services attending accidents and less injury and death, surely this is a good thing … OMG … Wellbeing? OMFG … maybe even “kindness” …?

    [Which, incidentally, is not an argument for spending $7 – 10 billion and creating a Seven Section Toll Road … not the same thing at all!]

    So Labour-led has ‘timed’ their announcements to maximize positive affects for their voter base? Geeee Whizzzzzzz, what’s new in politics?

    If they’ve only spend 3.4% of the $3 billion PGF budget so far they’ve gotten some really good bang for the bucks! They’re spreading it all around the country and all around Northland and the Far North … I heard today about major investment in Kaipara … Good for them!

    I still reckon Labour-led’s approach is INFINITELY better than National putting all their eggs in one $7 – $10 billion Four Lane Motorway ‘basket-case’ to Whangarei …

    So I’m calling *CROC’O’SHITE* on this story … This is the Blue Tinge Brigade media saying, “We can distort this to make it look like weakness … it’ll polarize people … maybe give us an opportunity to kick ’em when they appear to be down”

  4. Blazer

     /  February 4, 2019

    and then along came…Jones’!

    • PartisanZ

       /  February 4, 2019

      He’s only another in a long line of ‘eccentric’ and controversial Far North & Northland politicians … remember Dover Samuels?

      • Blazer

         /  February 4, 2019

        I remember Dover clamped around Bill Lieu,Bill Yu,Bill Fooyong,Bill Me Latah,Bill Go Fuk…infamous fraudster of a thousand alias’ who settled for…half!

  5. David

     /  February 4, 2019

    Lets hope its not a “year of delivery” these muppets are too hopeless for words.

    Kiwibuild failed, billion trees unplanted, regional development in the too hard basket, mental health not yet, wellbeing budget is what was already happening but at least we are seeing a rise in jobless claims so they have delivered on not work testing folk.

  6. artcroft

     /  February 4, 2019

    It’s only the Taxpayers money, so just relax, like Shane Jones.

  7. adamsmith1922

     /  February 5, 2019

    A small point, it’s not government money, it’s taxpayers money which they are the stewards of. This is blatant vote buying; plus a means of ensuring Ardern gets another positive reception at Waitangi.

    • Blazer

       /  February 5, 2019

      I guess it would be better to give this money to an Arab Shiek,or Warner Bros,or Rio Tinto,or SKC,or Thiel…….

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