Megan Woods doesn’t like spending on drag queens but she is happy to subsidise millionaires and their toys

Megan Woods was upset about frivolous spending at Callaghan Innovation, especially the $2000 spent on ‘Sluts with Nuts’.

However on the same day that was news she was busily rewarding New Zealand’s wealthiest individuals and chucking about corporate welfare for large corporates.

More electric vehicles will be hitting New Zealand’s highways, bus lanes and streets with funding announced by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods today.

Dr Woods announced $3.74 million for 20 projects under the third round of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

The projects will see Government funding matched or bettered by businesses.

“These exciting projects include a 58 tonne fully electric truck to be used by Coda in Hamilton to shuttle Fonterra’s dairy goods to the railway,” Dr Woods said.

“Projects like this are vital to show others in the heavy logistics and transport industry that electric trucks are not only viable but have very low running costs.”

I don’t think a company supplying Fonterra is short of cash. This is nothing short of corporate welfare for pet projects, subsidising profitable businesses. If electric vehicles are viable and also have very low running costs then businesses won’t need subsidies will they?

If electric trucks are viable then business will find out all by themselves without the need for corporate welfare. They are more adept at doing that than any government department.

Dr Woods said $1.7m of the funding would help fill gaps in the country’s charging infrastructure. Funding was also going towards tourism opportunities such as electric campervans.

“The projects we are funding show there’s an EV for almost every job or use in New Zealand, be it delivering fruit and veg or taking a holiday.”

If there is indeed an EV for almost every job why is there a need to subsidise them? No one subsidises infrastructure for existing motorists…that is funded privately by fuel companies…the government doesn’t own any service stations, so why are they funding charging stations for rich pricks with EVs? As for electric campervans…again if the market wants it they don’t need subsidies. But imagine the bottle neck at charging stations near Hamilton after all the tourists leave Auckland Airport in their electric campervans and run out of power near Hamilton.

Also announced was a Motor Industry Training Organisation project to develop a qualifications framework for mechanics working on electric vehicles.

Again why? Surely the car manufacturers will train the mechanics without the need for subsidies to service the vehicles they sell?

The fund is one of a range of initiatives in the Government’s Electric Vehicles Programme, which has a target of doubling the numbers of electric vehicles every year to reach 64,000 by the end of 2021.

The fund offers up to 50% funding towards projects. Applicants must match or exceed the amounts granted. For this round recipients are contributing $4.30m. Projects are approved conditionally until contracts are prepared and signed.

So we are funding rich pricks and large corporates. I say rich pricks because you have to be pretty wealthy to buy an EV. They aren’t cheap. More importantly these bludgers don’t pay road user charges for their vehicles, they don’t contribute to ACC levies or excise tax either and so are using roads others are paying for. Now they are getting even more subsidies for their little hobby cars that can go almost nowhere.

No wonder the Taxpayers Union is outraged:

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming today’s announcement of $3.7 million in taxpayer dollars being given to private businesses to buy electric vehicles (EVs).

Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Why is the taxpayer being forced to fund businesses’ transport expenses?

“This is a classic case of politicians trying to look tech-savvy and environmentally conscious by throwing money at selected businesses.”

“A major logistics company like Coda, which transports milk for Fonterra, doesn’t need handouts. Their shareholders will be laughing all the way to the bank.

“Businesses already have incentives to use electric vehicles because it’s good PR and they save on fuel.”

“Today’s handout is simply corporate welfare, started by National, and now happily continued by Labour.”

Spot on Jordan.



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