Saturday, March 24, 2018


Fresh on the back of another weak performance in the House where he was skewered by Judith Collins and forced to admit the only Kiwibuild houses we are likely to see in the next little while are those the government intends purchasing from private developers.

That translates to a net increase of housing over and above that planned and built by private enterprise as zip, zero, nothing.

Campaign rhetoric doesn't easily translate into results.    Twyford is increasingly looking like a possum caught in the headlights and wondering what to do next.

So, what did he do ... well to divert attention from his failings in housing he put his Minister of Transport hat on and joined Shane Jones in taking pot shots at Air New Zealand for doing what it is mandated by the Companies Act to do.

Look Phil ... you are the Minister.   The answers within your governments gift.   Buy back Air New Zealand (as you did KiwiRail) and turn it into an SOE.    Then and in accordance with the public policy imperative you can direct it to fly into where-ever, what-ever number of times per day/week and all will be well perhaps ... or not.     All you need to do is to convince your Finance Minister to stump up with the several billions of dollars needed to purchase the company and accept a reduced dividend.

I wish you well (cough); the balls in your (and Shane's) court and not with Air New Zealand.


The Veteran said...

I see Labour has revised their original estimate of the cost of stand-alone housing in Auckland as between $500,000 and 600,000 to less than $600,000 meaning could be $599,999. $100,000 in just nine months. Boy are those figures rubbery. The fact that Labour has refused to make public how much they're paying for the 29ha of Unitech land they purchased to make way for the development only adds fuel to the fire ... begs the question ... is taxpayer money being used to subsidise the cost in order to keep the sale price below $600,000.

And just why was Unitech was sitting on 29ha of prime land? ... perhaps it was to cope with the expected increase in student numbers resulting from the government's first year 'on us' student handout. The follow-up question is how does Unitech now plan to cope with any further expansion.

It's now 25 March. Makes a bit of a nonsense the PR of Minister Twyford of 21 December last that he hoped to hand over the keys to the first recipient of Kiwibuild largess by Mid year.

Anonymous said...

Gosh you got me there Veteran..I have no idea of how or why but I suppose someone somewhere cares.

Lord Egbut