Shane Jones needs to get off the couch and do some real work on the Provincial Growth Fund, National Party Economic Development Spokesman Simon Bridges says.

“It’s now obvious he hasn’t done any work and he’s missed all his own deadlines,” Mr Bridges says.

“On 9 November he told us that the full content, structure and character of the fund will be dealt with conclusively in the Budget Policy Statement. Yet when that came out there was nothing substantive in it at all.

“On 9 December Grant Robertson told the House that the HYEFU and the Budget Policy Statement would contain ‘significant certainty about our spending plans’.

“Yet when those documents came out, the only mention of the billion dollar a year Provincial Growth Fund is a specific fiscal risk flag from Treasury, and they are a dime a dozen with this Government.

“The Finance Minister says he’d get us an advent calendar to countdown to the HYEFU. We haven’t even got that.

“It’s clear the work simply hasn’t been done and now Minister Jones will be heading into his long Christmas break.

“In the meantime the Provincial Growth Fund sits idle, and he’s already nearly 15 million trees behind his first year’s tree planting target.

“So far, all we’ve had from Shane Jones is the billion trees that isn’t a billion trees, the work for the dole that isn’t work for the dole, and the Opotiki Harbour project with no costings.

“He’s also spent a lot of time talking about getting his nephews off the couch. Perhaps he should lead by example and get himself off the couch first.”

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