Political amateur hour: Minginui Nursery

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A couple of weeks ago Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones, announced a funding boost (of $5,800,000 no less) at Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whare’s Minginui Nursery. This iwi has already invested $1.6m in the nursery. They have been working for five years “trying” to commercialise growing podocarp trees from cuttings. Five years “trying”! Not successful then? But what the hell. This taxpayer-funded initiative was designed to break the cycle of dependency that exists in the forestry town of Minginui.

I would suggest half of the three hundred residents of Minginui would be children and therefore would not be contributing to the workforce. That leaves one hundred and fifty adults. The government grant to this community was $5,800,000, or to put it another way, $39,000 earmarked for every adult living in this town just to run a nursery!

He boasts that this will break the cycle of dependency! What the hell is a $5,800,000 taxpayer gift if it isn’t dependency? Any resident of Minginui who had one ounce of motivation would have left town on the first bus to seek gainful employment elsewhere. There will be a few who will have employment already but the rest of this town’s unemployed will be the pool of applicants that will apply to run the nursery. I’m sure their CVs will make fascinating reading. I suppose it doesn’t require too much skill to watch trees grow.

So, Shane, I want to see the longitudinal cost, expenditure and profitability spreadsheets that identify this as a sound investment of tax payer’s money. How do you explain to “legitimate”, self-employed nursery providers that their competition is now subsidised by a socialist government and as a consequence, their market no longer operates on a level playing field?

How are you going to explain to the thousands of university students (who are creating large personal debt while endeavouring to become self-supporting, taxpayers) why others can sit on their chuff in Minginui and have the government gift them $39,000?

This whole Regional Economic Development Plan would have merit if the initiatives had an ounce of credibility. If only those instigating the plans had an ounce of business nouse or if they had ever had the gonads to risk their own money in a business venture.

It is all so amateur, so contrived and so unsophisticated that it is no wonder they have become career politicians. The real world would have chewed them up and spat them out ages ago. So to that Great Totara from the North showering his benevolence upon your wretched communities, give thanks, because it won’t be long before he runs out of our money.


by George

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