Tag Archives: Shane Jones

Dunne reminds us it isn’t just Jones — Kiwiblog

Peter Dunne wrote: There should be little surprise at Shane Jones’ latest racist outburst against Indians living in New Zealand. …Playing minorities off against the rest of the population in this way is a classic New Zealand First tactic and is the height of electoral cynicism.But it is also much more than that. It is…

via Dunne reminds us it isn’t just Jones — Kiwiblog

Shane will be shaking with fear — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Government coalition partner Shane Jones was both “loose” and “wrong” in saying Indian students were ruining academic institutions.Jones, NZ First MP and minister for regional economic development, said “unfettered” immigration was out of control on Newshub Nation on Saturday, referring to everyone who “comes here from New Delhi”. This second broadside against New Zealand’s Indian community in recent months earned Jones a rebuke…

via Shane will be shaking with fear — Kiwiblog

Shane Jones accused of stoking racism and embarrassing Peters — Your NZ

Shane Jones is highly capable & is doing a good job on the regional development fund. But scapegoating the Indian community is dirty electioneering on immigration but targeting Indians to avoid being called ‘Islamaphobic’ re: ChCh massacre 2019. Very poorhttps://t.co/L3n0EZMJtW — Dr Rawiri Taonui (@RawiriTaonui) February 29, 2020 Foreign students have been a significant part […]

via Shane Jones accused of stoking racism and embarrassing Peters — Your NZ

Armstrong on Jones and Northland — Kiwiblog

John Armstrong writes: What chance of Shane Jones prising the seat of Northland from the tightly-clenched grasp of the National Party at September’s general election? In short, not much.Jones is confronted with a simple, but ugly equation — one that he will never be able to come up with enough numbers sufficient to solve it.National’s…

via Armstrong on Jones and Northland — Kiwiblog

Jones only declared a conflict after media asked questions — Kiwiblog

Radio NZ report: New information released to RNZ reveals that Shane Jones’ office was sent documents about a forestry company’s bid for $15 million from the Provincial Growth Fund multiple times and many months before he declared a conflict of interest because of links between the company and the New Zealand First Party.As Guyon Espiner…

via Jones only declared a conflict after media asked questions — Kiwiblog

Jacinda’s Year of Delivery — WOBH | Media

 

Matthew Hooton nails it once again. For those still committed to reality-based politics, Ardern’s “year of delivery” is as credible as her earlier promise to be “transformational”.KiwiBuild, the Billion Trees programme and the Provincial Growth Fund handing out only 3 per cent of the money Shane Jones has paraded are the most risible.More seriously, Ardern…

via Jacinda’s Year of Delivery — WOBH | Media

Shane Jones Is the Next Kingmaker — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

Don’t make me laugh… I have talked before about Henry Cooke. As political writers go, I’m sorry mate… you are way out of your depth. You really need a good editor to pull your sillier ideas into line. These days, just about every article is an opinion article, and editors don’t seem to worry too…

via Shane Jones Is the Next Kingmaker — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

More on the Jones interference — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Regional Development Minister Shane Jones raised NZ Transport Agency’s case against a Northland trucking company with the chief executive of the regulator. If the Government had any standards he would be sacked as Associate Transport Minister. You do not talk to your agencies on such matters. This is effectively trying to influence a…

via More on the Jones interference — Kiwiblog

It doesn’t matter what they say about you… — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

… so long as they are talking about you. New Zealand First is languishing in the polls, and they know it. Making promises they don’t keep is doing them no favours. Voters don’t particularly like the ‘tail wagging the dog’, and it is common for small support parties to vanish without a trace after being…

via It doesn’t matter what they say about you… — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Loose cannon Shane Jones fires more shots, Ardern missing in action — Your NZ

I’m not sure if Shane Jones is deliberately trying to make things difficult for Jacinda Ardern, or is trying to establish himself as New Zealand’s version of Donald Trump (an arsehole popular enough to get elected), or is just getting out of control. On Tuesday Jones made threats against a journalist who had criticised his […]

via Loose cannon Shane Jones fires more shots, Ardern missing in action — Your NZ

An increasingly thuggish Government — Kiwiblog

I don’t think it would be unfair to conclude that the current Government is displaying arguably the most thuggish behaviour we have seen, since Muldoon’s time. Look at what we have so far: Shane Jones threatening to smear a journalist who reports on his conflicts of interestRon Mark telling a veterans group they have a…

via An increasingly thuggish Government — Kiwiblog

Shane Jones denies conflict of interest accusations — Your NZ

Putting Shane Jones in charge of a billion dollars a year of handouts through the Provincial Growth Fund was always going to be both a financial and a political risk. And it was always going to be scrutinised by political opponents, especially with the amount of money being poured into Jones’ home province, Northland. RNZ: […]

via Shane Jones denies conflict of interest accusations — Your NZ

Greenpeace versus Shane Jones on fishing prosecution and NZ First donors — Your NZ

Shane Jones has always seemed to be an embarrassment waiting to happen for the Government. He has already ventured into iffy territory for a minister, for example his public attacks on Air New Zealand. Now he has dived into a dispute with Greenpeace over party donations, which involves a prosecution of a subsidiary of Talleys, […]

via Greenpeace versus Shane Jones on fishing prosecution and NZ First donors — Your NZ

More pork barrel spending — Kiwiblog

Newshub reports: Newshub can reveal Shane Jones signed off on millions of dollars of funding – despite his officials explicitly warning him not to support the projects.Treasury was even concerned one of the projects may have been overfunded by more than a million dollars. …It told the Government not to give $5.5 million for the…

via More pork barrel spending — Kiwiblog

Bungle over tree planting in Northland, seedlings mulched, money wasted — Your NZ

 

Minister of Planting Lots of Trees, Shane Jones, has admitted there has been a stuff up in a planned planting of 1.2 million pine trees in Northland. Only 200,000 seedlings could be planted as most of the land was not sufficiently prepared for the planting. Some seedlings were redistributed, but many were mulched at a […]

via Bungle over tree planting in Northland, seedlings mulched, money wasted — Your NZ

Incompetence or worse? — Kiwiblog

The Herald reports: The Opposition says it is “extraordinary” that Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones failed to disclose 61 meetings, forcing him to correct 20 written answers. But Jones said it was a “clerical mis-match in the office” and there was “nothing to see here”. As part of its role in Opposition, National puts…

via Incompetence or worse? — Kiwiblog

Shane Jones admits failure to disclose meetings — Your NZ

The handing out of large amounts of money through the Provincial Growth Fund was always going to be scrutinised by the Opposition, especially with Shane Jones involved. And as Minister in charge Jones has had to admit ‘a slip-up’ in not disclosing 61 meetings, including some with people who have an interest in the Fund. […]

via Shane Jones admits failure to disclose meetings — Your NZ

One step forward and three back — Kiwiblog

Audrey Young writes: It has been one step forward, and three steps backwards for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as she seeks to establish some momentum for the Government since her return from leave. Shane Jones, Helen Clark and Meka Whaitiri have all put the brakes on some of that momentum this week in their own…

via One step forward and three back — Kiwiblog

Q+A: Grant Robertson on business confidence — Your NZ

 

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson was interviewed about business confidence. “I don’t believe low business confidence is affecting economic growth. NZ will meet growth forecasts”. Committed to current debt target, not expecting to go over it. Even if Govt did go into more debt, NZ would be in good shape. Doesn’t agree with Shane Jones’ […]

via Q+A: Grant Robertson on business confidence — Your NZ

Desperate Government trying to play the racist and sexist card — Kiwiblog

You know the Governemnt has problems when they try to label opposition Mps as racist or sexist just because they are doing their job. First Shane Jones: New Zealand First Minister Shane Jones says Māori MPs are taking strong exception to National MP Chris Bishop drawing references to the whānau links between Deputy Police Commissioner…

via Desperate Government trying to play the racist and sexist card — Kiwiblog

Sorry Jonesy, that is official information, cough them up — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

If John Key and Judith Collins had to make my texts to them available, then Shane Jones is going to have to make his texts available. He is currently refusing: Quote: Regional economic development minister Shane Jones is refusing to make public messages backing his criticism of Fonterra chair John Wilson. Self-styled “provincial champion” Jones launched a…

via Sorry Jonesy, that is official information, cough them up — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Shane Jones tells hapu to shove their statue right up their nono — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

Shane Jones is on fire, giving it to the hapu who want millions to build a massive edifice: Quote: NZ First MP Shane Jones has savaged a proposal for a giant statue of Papatūānuku at Bastion Point, saying it is laughable Aucklanders are forking out for the work. Auckland Council has earmarked $1 million in its budget for the…

via Shane Jones tells hapu to shove their statue right up their nono — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jones praises himself, speaking as a Minister — Your NZ

NZ First MP Shane Jones continues to impress himself with his eloquence. I’m not sure how widely he is admired beyond a mirror. Getting anything serious or of substance out of Jones is nearly as hard as getting a straight answer from Winston Peters. And both of them may feel further unleashed now that Peters […]

via Jones praises himself, speaking as a Minister — Your NZ

Dom Post says Government may be imploding — Kiwiblog

The Dom Post editorial looks at recent Ministerial happenings: It appears Clark has been caught attempting to silence health officials over sewage and mould running down the walls at Middlemore Hospital. Hinting he’ll give them a job if they stop talking to the media. Shane Jones is a walking, talking combustion engine. Yep. Others have been…

via Dom Post says Government may be imploding — Kiwiblog

Who is going to plant all Jonesy’s trees? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Looks like there is a problem with the billion tree scam of Shane Jones: Quote: A shortage of labour and land could result in growing pains for the Government’s ambitious 1 billion trees programme. Shortly after the Government was formed last year, it set itself the lofty goal of planting 1 billion trees by 2027 as a way to…

via Who is going to plant all Jonesy’s trees? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Shane Jones ‘genuinely forgot’, Sage ‘memory let her down’ — Your NZ

Earlier this week Minister of Regional Handouts Shane Jones said he never received advice that a waste-to-energy scheme he granted funds to was badly flawed, but after evidence was released that showed he had been fully briefed he now says he forgot about it. RNZ: Jones says he forgot about officals’ warnings project was a […]

via Shane Jones ‘genuinely forgot’, Sage ‘memory let her down’ — Your NZ

Ardern fails to muzzle Shane Jones — Your NZ

Shane Jones ripped into Air NZ for stopping flying unprofitable routes to provincial towns, he told the Air NZ to resign and keep out of politics,Jacinda Ardern told him off for ‘stepping over a line’, Jones sort of conceded he shouldn’t have gone that far but didn’t really, Winston Peters supported Jones, leaving the coalition […]

via Ardern fails to muzzle Shane Jones — Your NZ

Soper rates Bridges first day, turns out his second and third days were the same — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Barry Soper rates Simon Bridges first day on the job. It’s been called a political slush fund, a billion bucks a year over the next three years to give a shot in the arm to the regions. The custodian of the cash is Shane Jones, who has the responsibility of doling a dollop here and…

via Soper rates Bridges first day, turns out his second and third days were the same — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

New deputy predicted for NZ First — Your NZ

There has never been any doubt who will lead NZ First while Winston Peters remains an MP, but the deputy spot is less secure. In 2015 Ron Mark got the numbers to oust Tracey Martin, but it looks like the knives are out for Mark, with the position up for a caucus vote next week. […]

via New deputy predicted for NZ First — Your NZ

Cracks in government ranks over work for the dole — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Labour are muscling up, despite the smiles from Jacinda Ardern, over work for the dole. Richard Harman at Politik reports: Employment Minister Willie Jackson says he shares Shane Jones’ passion to get Maori unemployment down and he has proposed a package of measures in a paper to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to address the issue.…

via Cracks in government ranks over work for the dole — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media