Labour in the 2017 Coalition Agreement with NZ First promised to relocate government functions into the regions.
You often hear this from political parties – that too many public servants are in Wellington.
In 2018 and 2019 Labour went backwards. The proportion of public servants outside Wellington didn’t increase but fell – from 58.3% to 57.6% and then 56.4%.
The PSC has just released the 2020 data. And again all bad news for the promises. Another drop to 55.7%.
I’m sure this term though it will all turn around!