Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Where's The $10 Million?


Where's The $10 Million?

ACT New Zealand Commerce Spokesman Deborah Coddington today asked why Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel will not tell New Zealanders what's happening with the $10 million that the Building Industry Authority collected, by overcharging, and which is currently sitting in a slush fund.

"On April 28, I wrote to the Minister asking what the Ministry intends doing with this money. Will it be returned to the overcharged entities? Will it go into the consolidated fund?" Ms Coddington asked.

"Ms Dalziel today proclaimed that her Governmnet is "putting in place the means to improve local authorities' administration of building controls". What about putting in place some Government accountability? Ms Dalziel does not seem at all keen to tell us what will happen to this considerable amount of money which, Treasury documents released to me under the Official Information Act show, the BIA amassed by `overcharging through its cost-recovery fees'.

"Is this part of the money being squandered on Team New Zealand? Is it being splurged on buying votes from beneficiaries?

"Or will it be rightfully returned to all those New Zealanders who possibly paid too much for their building consents? I think we should be told," Miss Coddington said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election