Budget must be done, Robbo has time for a junket

 

For weeks the government has been answering questions in the house about numbers for projects by saying that the opposition must wait for the budget, that the budget process is underway and just a few more sleeps and we can all find out.

Well, the budget must be done, because Grant Robertson has found time for a junket just weeks out from his first budget.

The NZ Herald reports:

Sports Minister Grant Robertson is heading to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games this week where he will check out what it takes to hold a Games.

But he is making no commitment for New Zealand to host or even bid to host for the next unallocated hosting rights in 2026 or 2030.

“There are some people who are asking is it New Zealand’s turn?” he told the Herald.

“I’m certainly not committing to that but one of the things I want to do when I go to the Gold Coast is get a look at how a Games works and what the commitment is to doing it.

“But I’m certainly not committing to us hosting it or even bidding for it.

“It’s a big undertaking but it will be a good chance for me to see how it’s done now.”

The 2022 games will be held in Birmingham, England, which was awarded hosting rights in December after they were taken off Durban in South Africa a year ago because of a funding shortfall.

Auckland last hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and there were some suggestions, after Durban was dumped, that Auckland should put up its hand again.

Robertson said that one of the big commitments for any city hosting the Games is the obligation to provide a Games Village. For events such as Apec, which New Zealand is hosting in 2020, hotels or cruise ships are acceptable accommodation.

Robertson will arrive on the Gold Coast for the opening ceremony on Wednesday but will miss a summit of Commonwealth sports ministers on Tuesday.

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There for the parties, not the work. His statements prove this is a junket. New Zealand has no intention of holding the games any time soon so what the hell is he doing investigating what it all entails? That smells like and looks like a junket to me.

Let’s see some questions from the opposition about some finance issues, and when he uses his excuse about budget processes they can slam him for his junket.

On another matter… surely there was a fitter-looking minister to take this portfolio? Mind you, they could have given it to Megan Woods or Nanaia Mahuta to really make a mockery of the position.


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