web analytics

John’s recession-buster: a party, in 2 years

Written By: - Date published: 2:18 pm, June 11th, 2009 - 29 comments
Categories: john key, tourism - Tags:

On Monday, John Key promised he would make a ‘major tourism announcement’ today. Apparently, we’ve just had it.

In a speech today, Key announced that during the Rugby World Cup in 2011, Queens Wharf in Auckland will be a temporary ‘live site’ (whatever that means) where there will be an opening ceremony. Apparently, it will a ‘magnet for fans’ and ‘party central’.

Well, call me Mr High Expectations but I was thinking this ‘major tourism announcement’ might have been funding for some kind of policy to help save our tourism industry now which is in free-fall, especially at the high end where the money used to be. Not letting us know where the parties will be held for the World Cup in two years’ time.

That’s John Key for you – over-promise and under-deliver.

A side point. In his speech, Key listed the ways his government had helped tourism in “our first six months”. The top two were:
* Made changes to the Resource Management Act to make things easier for small and medium enterprises.
* Invested $50 million into the New Zealand Cycleway project

A few corrections:
1. It’s 7 months, not 6.
2. The changes to the RMA have not been made, they’re still at select committee stage. Experts expect them to result in more delays.
3. No money has been ‘invested’ in the John Key Memorial Cycleway yet. In the Budget, there is $12.5 million a year for four years starting in the next fiscal year . The Budget has not yet been passed. I reckon you’ll be lucky to see any actual cycleway built within two years, well after Key expects the recession to be over.

29 comments on “John’s recession-buster: a party, in 2 years ”

  1. Pat 1

    You’re not invited anyway, Eddie.

    Looks like a good idea to me and shock! horror! it will create jobs. No wonder you’re pissed off.

    • gobsmacked 1.1

      Er, it may be a good idea but Banks and Hide aren’t keen on stumping up the cash.

      The government’s lucky it’s “Bain day” in the news, because this is a pretty embarrassing squabble.

      Newstalk ZB:

      “Government plans to buy Auckland’s Queens Wharf for the Rugby World Cup have been put on hold.

      The Prime Minister made the deflated announcement at a tourism expo in Auckland. John Key was hoping to strike a deal with local authorities to buy the wharf for an estimated cost of over $100 million. But that has not happened, because no-one can agree on how much each group should pay.”

    • Merlin 1.2

      Is that it?

      Kind of sums up my reaction to all National’s recession policies.

      Not a bad idea, just a small ineffectual idea.

      • Tigger 1.2.1

        Merlin – I had a multiple paragraph post planned about this but can’t say it better than that. This is another ‘meh’ idea, can’t bemoan that it sounds fine but ultimately it feels, as has just so perfectly been put, ‘ineffectual’.

        This government lacks vision. It’s heartbreaking to have such a lost bunch leading our country at this time in history.

  2. A bit of a negative spin on some good news Eddie. What side of the bed did you wake up on?

    Now if only Steven Joyce wasn’t being such an idiot we might have electric trains running for the Rugby World Cup too, instead of our 1960s ex Perth diesel embarrassments that are bound to break down on the evening of the World Cup Final.

  3. Zaphod Beeblebrox 3

    Some money for our rail network will also help the World Cup experience. Might want to have a word to his transport minister. Improving life for pedestrians in the city too.

  4. tsmithfield 4

    You haven’t given the full story.

    They’re looking to purchase the warf for long-term development including turning it into a cruise ship terminal.

    Sounds fairly major to me. Pretty much what was on the news last night which some tourism representative thought was a great idea.

    • gobsmacked 4.1

      The full story being, the government went ahead with the announcement, just forgot the cash.

  5. Pascal's bookie 5

    Sounds like socialism to me.

  6. Pat 6

    The Left should be happy. If Key f*cks up it will be a huge white elephant which you can campaign on.

    Better not whinge too loudly, though, in case Key doesn’t f*ck it up.

    • gobsmacked 6.1

      I think you’ll be hearing rather more whinging from the other side.

      It’s what Bill English would call an “unfunded commitment”. Classic John Key – he does the feel good stuff, gets the PR, and then leaves somebody else to sort out the sums.

      Banksie ain’t happy. Herald reports:

      “It is understood McCully asked Auckland City Mayor John Banks for $20 million to pay for Queens Wharf and he refused.”

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 6.2

      Even if it doesn’t work, it will be worth the punt. Auckland city needs a major makeover. May be torpedoed by Rodney’s nanny state edict that councils can’t try to use their creativity to improve our cities.

      • jarbury 6.2.1

        The Herald editorial today is pretty scathing of Rodney’s plans for local government. Just to show that there are pretty mixed feelings on the Right about Rodney’s local government reforms:

        Ratepayers, by and large, acknowledge this and are happy to pay for art galleries and the like. They recognise that such facilities are often not attractive to commercial operators and will not attract sufficient private sponsorship. The Prime Minister also appears to appreciate this, saying social policies are an important role for councils. John Key’s response suggests Mr Hide’s push will gain even less traction than Sir William’s.

        • Zaphod Beeblebrox

          Yeah, but how does that tally with the Auckland Local Government act? In its current form there will be no one left (or capable of) providing these services. Remember this is what cabinet (and parliament) voted for when they through the RC in the bin!

          • jarbury

            Regional funding for Art Galleries makes sense, so I imagine they would be under the control of the Auckland Council. Smaller galleries could be decentralised to the local boards I suppose.

            I’m almost done with my submission on the Local Government (Auckland Council) Bill. Has been quite a tricky exercise.

  7. The government asking the city council to pay the regional council $20m? Hmmmm… I knew there was an up-side to some sort of Super-City.

  8. Nick 8

    Please Jonkey give us our cycleway before oil runs out, and keep the trucking lobby and jerry Brownlee off it.

  9. Quoth the Raven 9

    The government shouldn’t be putting any money into the Rugby World Cup or into propping up the tourism industry.
    I see today in the news the tourism industry is going cap in hand begging the government for a hand out.
    We have cuts in education funding and these guys want their dollop of corporate welfare and people on the left are supporting this. I just don’t get it.

    • Rex Widerstrom 9.1

      Surely these things shoukd simply be done on the basis of a thorough, independent cost-benefit analysis? A “hand out” might be justified if it stimulated the employment market and was likely to bring in more in overseas funds (via tourists) than it cost. Or it might not, in which case it should be refused.

      Frankly I’d say at this point jobs (providing they’re real) outweigh pretty much everything else beyond the provision of basic social services.

      I’d rather watch the collected speeches of John Key than 5 minutes of a rugby game but if any investment in it can be shown to bring in more in pounds, francs, euros, Aussie dollars and yen than it’ll cost, and will create some jobs in the process, then go for it I’d say. But that’s a pretty big “if” at $100 million plus…

      • Quoth the Raven 9.1.1

        It would be interesting to see a cost-benefit analysis of the RWC. Subsidising professional sport is one of those things that most economists agree is a bad thing. Remember the Beckham stupidity? As someone has already said today there is always the oppurtunity cost. What else could the government have spent the money on? There is the wider issue of whether the government interferring in the market, whether its professional sport or tourism can ever provide a better outcome than leaving the market alone. I don’t think it can. Would we have more jobs if the governent stopped interferring in the market on behalf of the capitalists? Probably. Then there are all the unseen effects from the lack of competition that government fosters by picking favourites .

  10. rave 10

    This is just the Banksters branding their Celebrity City.
    A bolt hole for the rich fleeing the enraged workers in the Northern Hemisphere to a place that looks just like home without the uprisings.
    We’ll be rubbing their phalluses like peons in their palaces.

  11. Loco Burro 11

    John Key asking John Banks to sign off on $20 million for this proposal a week after he refers to him as a “super mayor”. Can anyone say Quid Pro Quo?
    It smacks of backroom dealings and dodgy politics.
    Banks will make some noise complaining about the cost but he has already signed off on this privately with Key and McCully.

    • jarbury 11.1

      Loco, Banks refused though:

      “It is understood McCully asked Auckland City Mayor John Banks for $20 million to pay for Queens Wharf and he refused.’

  12. vto 12

    ha ha, bet it goes off

    in the usual fireworks fashion.

    what overseas ruby player wants to be at the bottom of queen street when they come on a rugby tour to NZ? My guess would be near none.

    • MikeG 12.1

      Not so sure about that. Didn’t the English team stay at the Hilton on Princes Wharf, and some of them enjoy themselves in Fort St? Both of those locations are near Queen St.

  13. Loco Burro 13

    Jarbury – haha, wait a week. The plan is for the money to be allocated by the council for rugby world cup events, which will then be placed under the control of central government. This way Banks can look tough denying money is going into this specific project, but behind the scenes the money is there, it just will not be obvious.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand to pause
    New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand will be paused while the source of infection of new cases announced in Sydney is investigated, says COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins. There are 10 new community cases of COVID-19 today in New South Wales, taking the Australian ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Bill passes first reading
    Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little welcomed Ngāti Rangitihi to Parliament today to witness the first reading of The Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Bill. “I know it took a lot of hard work, time and patience by all parties involved to reach this significant milestone. I am honoured to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Speech to the Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Conference Aotearoa
    Mihi Tēnā tātou katoa Kei ngā pou o te whare hauora ki Aotearoa, kei te mihi. Tēnā koutou i tā koutou pōwhiri mai i ahau. E mihi ana ki ngā taura tangata e hono ana i a tātou katoa, ko te kaupapa o te rā tērā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Infrastructure Acceleration Fund opening for business
    Criteria to access at least $1 billion of the $3.8 billion Housing Acceleration Fund (HAF), announced in March, is now available, and an invitation for expressions of interest will be released on 30 June, Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced.  “This is a key milestone in our plan to accelerate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Bringing back the health of Hauraki Gulf
    New marine protection areas and restrictions on fishing are among a raft of changes being put in place to protect the Hauraki Gulf for future generations. The new strategy, Revitalising the Gulf – Government action on the Sea Change Plan, released today, draws on input from mana whenua, local communities, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Speech to AI Forum – Autonomous Weapons Systems
    AI Forum New Zealand, Auckland Good evening and thank you so much for joining me this evening. I’d like to start with a thank you to the AI Forum Executive for getting this event off the ground and for all their work and support to date. The prospect of autonomous ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand boosts support to Fiji for COVID-19 impact
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing additional support to Fiji to mitigate the effects of the current COVID-19 outbreak on vulnerable households, Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Recognising the increasingly challenging situation in Fiji, Aotearoa will provide an additional package of assistance to support the Government of Fiji and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Round 2 of successful energy education fund now open
    $1.65 million available in Support for Energy Education in Communities funding round two Insights from SEEC to inform future energy hardship programmes Community organisations that can deliver energy education to households in need are being invited to apply for the second funding round of the Support for Energy Education in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Ngarimu scholarships to target vocational training
    Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis today announced three new scholarships for students in vocational education and training (VET) are to be added to the suite of prestigious Ngarimu scholarships. “VET learners have less access to study support than university students and this is a way to tautoko their learning dreams ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Recognising the volunteers who support our health system
    Nominations have opened today for the 2021 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, as part of National Volunteer Week. “We know that New Zealanders donate at least 159 million hours of volunteer labour every year,” Minister of Health Andrew Little said in launching this year’s awards in Wellington. “These people play ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Drug Free Sport supported to deal with new doping challenges
    Drug Free Sport New Zealand will receive a funding boost to respond to some of the emerging doping challenges across international sport. The additional $4.3 million over three years comes from the Sport Recovery Fund announced last year. It will help DFSNZ improve athletes’ understanding of the risks of doping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government support for South Auckland community hit by tornado
    The Government is contributing $100,000 to a Mayoral Relief Fund to support Auckland communities impacted by the Papatoetoe tornado, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says. “My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Celebrating World Refugee Day
    World Refugee Day today is an opportunity to celebrate the proud record New Zealanders have supporting and protecting refugees and acknowledge the contribution these new New Zealanders make to our country, the Minister of Immigration Kris Faafoi said. “World Refugee Day is also a chance to think about the journey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Face to face meeting delivers significant progress on NZ-UK FTA
    New Zealand and the UK have committed to accelerating their free trade agreement negotiations with the aim of reaching an agreement in principle this August, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor announced. “We’ve held constructive and productive discussions towards the conclusion of a high-quality and comprehensive FTA that will support sustainable and inclusive trade, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government taking action to protect albatross
    New population figures for the critically endangered Antipodean albatross showing a 5 percent decline per year highlights the importance of reducing all threats to these very special birds, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall says. The latest population modelling, carried out by Dragonfly Data Science, shows the Antipodean albatross ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Adoption laws under review
    New Zealand’s 66-year-old adoption laws are being reviewed, with public engagement beginning today.  Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said the Government is seeking views on options for change to our adoption laws and system. “The Adoption Act has remained largely the same since 1955. We need our adoption laws to reflect ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Wider roll-out of cameras on boats to support sustainability and protect marine life
    Up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with on-board cameras by 2024 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect the natural marine environment for future generations.  Minister for Oceans and Fisheries David Parker today announced the funding is now in place for the wider roll out ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Plan for vaccine rollout for general population announced
    New Zealanders over 60 will be offered a vaccination from July 28 and those over 55 from August 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The rollout of the vaccine to the general population will be done in age groups as is the approach commonly used overseas, with those over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand introduces Belarus travel bans
    New Zealand has imposed travel bans on selected individuals associated with the Lukashenko regime, following ongoing concerns about election fraud and human rights abuses after the 2020 Belarus elections, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced. The ban covers more than fifty individuals, including the President and key members of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ economy grows driven by households, construction and business investment
    The Government’s efforts to secure the recovery have been reflected in the robust rebound of GDP figures released today which show the economy remains resilient despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant Robertson said. GDP increased 1.6 percent in the first three months of 2021. The Treasury had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Milestone 250th tower continues to improve rural connectivity
    The Government has welcomed the completion of the 250th 4G mobile tower, as part of its push for better rural connectivity. Waikato’s Wiltsdown, which is roughly 80 kilometres south of Hamilton, is home to the new tower, deployed by the Rural Connectivity Group to enable improved service to 70 homes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria to lift on Tuesday
    Following a further public health assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria has been extended to 11.59pm on Tuesday 22 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. It has been determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister mourns passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is mourning the passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall, New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner and lifelong champion for children and children’s health. As a paediatrician Sir Ian contributed to a major world-first cot death study that has been directly credited with reducing cot deaths in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • APEC structural reform meeting a success
    APEC ministers have agreed working together will be crucial to ensure economies recover from the impact of COVID-19. Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark, chaired the virtual APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting today which revolved around the overarching theme of promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Digital hub to boost investment in forestry
    A new website has been launched at Fieldays to support the forestry sector find the information it needs to plant, grow and manage trees, and to encourage investment across the wider industry. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash says the new Canopy website is tailored for farmers, iwi and other forestry interests, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government continues support for rangatahi to get into employment, education and training
    Over 230 rangatahi are set to benefit from further funding through four new He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re continuing to secure our economic recovery from COVID by investing in opportunities for rangatahi to get into meaningful employment, education or training ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • NCEA subjects up for consultation
    The education sector, students, their parents, whānau and communities are invited to share their thoughts on a list of proposed NCEA subjects released today, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. This is a significant part of the Government’s NCEA Change Programme that commenced in 2020 and will be largely implemented by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Major investment in plantain forage programme aims to improve freshwater quality
    The Government is backing a major programme investigating plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality, Acting Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced at Fieldays today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFFF) fund is contributing $8.98 million to the $22.23 million seven-year programme, which aims to deliver ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • America’s Cup decision
    The Minister responsible for the America’s Cup has confirmed the joint Crown-Auckland Council offer to host the next regatta has been declined by the Board of Team New Zealand. “The exclusive period of negotiation between the Crown, Auckland Council, and Team New Zealand ends tomorrow, 17 June,” said Stuart Nash. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Food and fibres sector making significant strides towards New Zealand’s economic recovery
    The Government is backing the food and fibres sector to lead New Zealand's economic recovery from COVID-19 with targeted investments as part of its Fit for a Better World roadmap, Forestry Minister Stuart Nash said. “To drive New Zealand’s recovery, we launched the Fit for a Better World – Accelerating ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech to He Whenua Taurikura – New Zealand’s annual hui on countering terrorism and violent...
    Check against delivery Can I begin by acknowledging the 51 shuhada, their families and the Muslim community. It is because of the atrocious violent act that was done to them which has led ultimately to this, the start of a dialogue and a conversation about how we as a nation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cost of Government Southern Response proactive package released
    The Government has announced the proactive package for some Southern Response policyholders could cost $313 million if all those eligible apply. In December, the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, David Clark announced a proactive package for SRES claimants who settled their claims before October 2014. It trailed the judgment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First period products delivered to schools
    The first period products funded as part of the Government’s nationwide rollout are being delivered to schools and kura this week, as part of wider efforts to combat child poverty, help increase school attendance, and make a positive impact on children’s wellbeing. “We know that nearly 95,000 9-to-18 year olds ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New support to reduce emissions from public building and construction projects
    Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects. The Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s first Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Prime Minister has opened New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days. The hui delivers on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to inaugural Countering Terrorism Hui
    E aku nui, e aku rahi, Te whaka-kanohi mai o rātou mā, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau whakapono, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau aroha, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, nāu rā te reo pohiri. Tena tātou katoa. Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Campaign shines a light on elder abuse
    A new campaign is shining a spotlight on elder abuse, and urging people to protect older New Zealanders. Launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Office for Seniors’ campaign encourages friends, whānau and neighbours to look for the signs of abuse, which is often hidden in plain sight. “Research suggests ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago