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PM pops up in Ōpōtiki with Shane’s bountiful successor to celebrate harbour spending while Verrall mounts assault on weeds and pests


Point of Order

The Government reminded us yesterday we don’t need Shane Jones – remember him? – to draw attention to distributions of public money in the regions to stimulate enterprise, generate jobs and (all going well) garner votes.

The Point of Order Trough Monitor accordingly has been triggered twice since we last brought you news from the Beehive and – wait, is that it it shrieking again?

No. False alarm.

Both the PM and Stuart Nash, Jones’ successor as Minister for Economic and Regional Development, joined Whakatōhea iwi, local councils and representatives of the aquaculture and marine industry at a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the construction of the multi-million dollar Ōpōtiki harbour infrastructure project.

This gave Nash the opportunity to bray about the magnitude and benefits of public handout under a Labour Government:

“We are today celebrating the growth of a community which is now able to move from strength…

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