The Opposition is taking aim at the Provincial Growth Fund for employing more than twice as many bureaucrats in Wellington as jobs it has created in the regions.
The Provincial Development Unit, which is part of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, currently has 118 staff. Eleven of those staff are based in the regions, the rest in Wellington.
This contrasts with the 54 jobs National says the fund has so far created in the regions, according to information obtained by the party’s Regional Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith.
“It stretches credibility if it’s creating twice as many bureaucrats as new jobs,” Goldsmith said.
118 more MBIE staff – that’s definitely what provincial New Zealand needs.