From the party that brought you the Novopay debacle, the Auckland IT costing blowout, the unachievable Christchurch rebuild plan, the MBIE cost extravagances, the bungled charter schools mess, the embarrassing Auckland housing nonsense, the SERCO prison failures, the abolition of democracy in Canterbury, the Solid Energy fiasco, the negotiating disasters (with Sky City, Hollywood, Rio Tinto and Saudi millionaires), and so very much much more, comes the latest in this parade of National government cock-ups:
Government facing cost error at Health Ministry, and payroll woes at Mbie
The Government is facing dual crises in two of its biggest departments, with an office a refurb and payroll issue both turning sour.
A two-for-the-price-of-one bad news dump!
A multimillion-dollar miscalculation on the $24 million refit of the Health Ministry’s head office in 2014 has bought a strong rebuke from Treasury, accusing the ministry of “serious financial mismanagement”. … Independent auditors were called in to investigate how the ministry “miscalculated” the levels of its cash reserves, and came up short of funds for the refit.
And at Joyce’s MBIE:
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is facing a major problem in its payroll system that may affect up to 3000 employees. MBIE Minister Steven Joyce said the issue involved how holiday entitlements and shift pay were calculated. It could potentially involve millions of dollars …
See Labour’s press release on MBIE:
“Mr Joyce’s MBIE lurches from one debacle to the next. The common link in all of these things is a man not on top of his portfolios,” says David Clark.
Seriously, is this the least competent NZ government ever?