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Kudos to RNZ on how the government is ‘wasting our money’ aka how Ardern’s regime is spending their time – (1)


Earlier I posted ‘the dog ate my homework’  regarding the failure of several Ministers to reveal their diaries

Then I came across this

Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson are leading from the front as the country’s busiest ministers, according to new data released by the government.

But the same data shows Winston Peters holding just a third as many meetings as the Prime Minister.

The Labour-led coalition has opened its ministers’ diaries to public scrutiny for the first time, revealing just how the people running the country spend their days.

While five ministers missed the deadline, RNZ has analysed the 85 percent of data available – more than 31,000 diary entries. The diary entries reveal the Prime Minister unsurprisingly has the most appointments of anyone in cabinet, with 2512 and counting between the formation of the coalition government and the end of April.

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Peters, the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of New Zealand First, has held just 880 meetings in the same 19 month period and ranks near the bottom of the list.


RNZ makes an important caveat

The records released are hardly exhaustive however, only capturing those meetings and events carried out in the MPs’ capacity as minister. While the release is the first time the public has been allowed to see how ministers spend their time and who they meet with, the diaries do not cover personal, party political or constituency meetings.

Then we see this

The minsters choose themselves which meetings should be excluded under those rules.

Not a disclosure that fills me with confidence

Followed by this

Peters has previously told RNZ as Foreign Affairs minister and a party leader, he has many meetings that “are not disclosable”. He was not enthusiastic about the release of ministerial diaries and this was a coalition policy he had just gone along with.

An unkind person might take that to mean that he has not fully disclosed. Perish the thought.

So I am somewhat concerned that this release raises a whole slew of new questions

The government announced in December it would proactively release the diaries to help “build trust and confidence in government”.

Whilst I think the idea was sound – I suspect the objective will not be achieved.

One Comment
  1. 30/06/2019 20:57

    Informative and interesting.


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