Another day, another implementation blunder from a government fast developing a habit of being a government that is only good at announcing things:

Less than half of the Government’s ‘’shovel-ready’’ infrastructure projects have begun by its first self-imposed deadline, with just 44 per cent of the 150 projects under construction by the end of February.

Last year, the Government announced it would fund 150 ‘’shovel-ready’’ projects, costing $2.6 billion. The projects, including the Naenae pool development, the Eastern Bays Shared Path, and the Wellington District Court, were meant to kick-start the economy with an infrastructure boom as the country recovered from Covid-19.

The Government said in April that “shovel-ready” meant ready to begin within six months, although it pushed this out to 12 months when the projects began to be announced in July 2020.


Just more evidence of a government that is fast with the slogans and slow, or in many cases non-existent, with delivery.

Add these failures to the lengthening list of non-delivery from a government whose talent pool barely wets the socks of their ministers.

Next time the government really should form a sub-committee to make sure someone tells the shovels to actually be ready.

Weakness is strength. Lies are truth. Shovel ready is…?

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The Shovels Weren’t Ready at All
Cam Slater

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news,...