The kickstart package is out and it seems to be a mixture of work that was already going to happen and stuff that is worthy enough but not focused on much past the building industry.
One of the concerns I have is with the fast-tracking of roading projects. For example just how much difference it makes to have a project like the Hawkes Bay Expressway southern extension brought forward three months?
I’m also concerned that little thought has gone into spending the $500m (or whatever part of it wasn’t already allocated to projects) in a way that looks forward to the next boom.
Where are the packages focused on training so we don’t end up with a skills shortage like we did in the last boom? Where is the funding for increased research and development so we can start growing the ideas the next boom will be carried on? In short, where is the vision? I mean it’s good to see them trying to be Keynesian rather than cutting benefits and slashing spending but what they’ve offered so far just seems so unambitious.