This was supposed to be the government’s year of delivery.
David Farrar posted this on Kiwiblog a couple of days ago and got pushback from a Minister’s office:
A Minister’s Office has said that there has in fact been 149 million trees planted. The official policy is to include trees planted by the private sector as part of business as normal. They are correct this is the official Government position today but neither the pre-election policy or the coalition agreement stated the billion trees would include other plantings. In fact the coalition agreement says:
A $1b per annum Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund, including … Planting 100 million trees per year in a Billion Trees Planting Programme
That very clearly implies they would find 100 million trees a year, and has nothing about including non-funded trees that would occur regardless of the Government.
So I stand by my position that the Government promised to fund one billion trees and has only funded 2.5% of that to date.
This shifting of goalposts is typical of the government. They’ve done it with police numbers too.
The Government has shifted the goalposts in its promise to deliver more frontline police after what seems like a slip of the tongue by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
It promised to “strive towards adding 1800 new police” over three years but in a game of semantics, it is now saying it will deliver 1800 new trained recruits by next month.
The move has drawn the ire of the Police Association who say it is not good enough and that the Government has broken its promise to police. . .
The Government has insisted that 1800 extra new officers was never a target, but an aspiration. . .
Not a goal, but an aspiration.
That’s the government summed up in six words and the result is a year of delivering disappointment.