Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Time for Government to change economic thinking

Cr Andy Foster
Wellington City Council

8 May 2013

Time for Government to change economic thinking

Prime Minister John Key’s comments that ‘Wellington is dying’ and ‘we’ (the Government) ‘don’t know how to turn it around’ clearly signal a need for a national population and economic development strategy, according to Wellington City Councillor Andy Foster.

Cr Foster, the Chair of the Council’s Strategy and Policy Committee, says the Prime Minister’s comments are concerning on two fronts. “Despite his subsequent corrections the initial comments must betray what our Prime Minister really thinks. The really worrying comment is that despite thinking this is an issue, the Government doesn’t have any idea what to do about it, and he appears not just to have been talking about Wellington but about much of the country.”

Cr Foster says, “The prediction is that 2/3rds of all population growth in the next 30 years will occur in Auckland. The question has to be whether that is a good thing or not, and if it isn’t what levers are there to pull that might change the future. That critical analysis clearly has not been done.”

“Auckland’s success is imperative for New Zealand, but Government has to look after the whole country.” says Cr Foster. “Auckland is very much at the high end in terms of single cities dominating their country’s population. However successive governments have just accepted the ongoing drift to Auckland. Do we want massive infrastructure costs in Auckland while other parts of our country have empty streets ? The question really is whether as a nation we want to decide our future or merely to let it happen to us. That should be a pivotal leadership question for any Government.”

“I think we should see the Prime Minister’s comments as an opportunity and ask him to task some of his ministers to work with Wellington, and indeed any other areas he considers are ‘dying’ to come up with a strategy and a series of specific actions to ensure their wellbeing.”

“For starters I’d suggest Government might like to consider some regional development initiatives to help Wellington starting with considering the potential for a public private equity partnership in extending the airport runway to assist international connectivity.”

“Te Papa was an inspired regional economic development decision by a previous Government. I’d suggest this Government might also think about ensuring that key cultural and scientific institutions based in Wellington stay here, like the ballet, orchestra, research institutes and so forth.”

“Government has worn a lot of flak for the process it’s gone through to try to get a convention facility in Auckland. We would happily discuss with Mr Key’s appointed Ministers how they might look at convention and concert venues in Wellington.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

IGIS: Report On Release Of NZSIS Information To Cameron Slater

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, published her report on the inquiry into the release of NZSIS information to Mr Cameron Slater at a press conference in Wellington today...

The inquiry found the NZSIS released incomplete, inaccurate and misleading information in response to Mr Slater’s request, and provided some of the same incorrect information to the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office.

“These errors resulted in misplaced criticism of the then Leader of the Opposition, Hon Phil Goff MP. Mr Goff is owed a formal apology by the Service,” said Ms Gwyn. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news