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


Is that it Mr Jones?

23 February 2018

Is that it Mr Jones?

Regional New Zealand will be feeling let down about all the hoopla around the new Government's provincial growth fund with the announcements made today, Opposition Leader Bill English says.

“The Government’s Provincial Growth Fund so far is nothing more than a rebranding of National’s Regional Growth Programme and falls well short of the high expectations it's created,” Mr English says.

“Labour and New Zealand First spent years slamming National for ‘neglecting the regions’ but the first thing they do when they get into Government is re-announce largely the same projects.

“The money to open rail lines is fine but what regional businesses want to know is whether the Government’s negative policies for regional New Zealand will still go ahead.

“This investment won't compensate for bad employment law, bad immigration policy, and restricting foreign investment.

“Their only criteria for success over the first three years is spending money. All other reviews of the fund’s effectiveness are delayed until after the 2020 election.

“The hard decisions of funding this programme have been kicked down the track to Budget 2018 which Labour has already overcommitted.

“National’s Regional Growth Programme and record investment in infrastructure was already contributing to a record number of jobs and rising incomes across regional New Zealand.

“New Zealanders will be disappointed today that Mr Jones’ soaring campaign rhetoric has resulted in business-as-usual.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

The report found that one in five children under the age of 15 - amounting to between 161,000 and 188,000 children - experience moderate-to-severe food insecurity, meaning they can’t count on having regular nutritious meals. More>>


Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>


Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>


Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Pope Of Parliament

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament... More>>


Abortion: Hundreds March To Call For Decriminalisation

About 300 protesters marched to Parliament this afternoon calling on MPs to vote in favour of decriminalising abortion. A recent report by the Law Commission to the government recommended removing it from the Crimes Act. More>>


Secondary Negotiations: PPTA Rejects 'Another Inadequate Offer'

Hard on the heels of an overwhelming rejection of the government’s second offer, the union’s representatives did not believe that the latest offer was good enough to take out to members... More>>


eGates And Social Security: PM Meets With Korean President Moon Jae-In

Our shared values and challenges, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the opportunity to do more together were features of the meeting between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in today in Auckland. More>>





InfoPages News Channels