Shivering in your earthquake-damaged home, wondering how you’ll come up with $190 a week for a campervan after your emergency benefit ends? Living on cat food because GST and price hikes put real food out of reach? Don’t worry, Pita Sharples to the rescue: he’s gifting 1.9 million taxpayer dollars to a hapu in his electorate to build a plastic waka.
I guess that, when you’re a government minister in danger of losing your seat, buying some votes comes first, eh?
I’m sure that this will come to be the iconic example of how this hypocritical government preaches restraint while cutting our public services, yet doles out our taxpayer funds to its mates.