Monday, October 03, 2016

Targets for everything but poverty II

And in a perfect illustration of the government's priorities, on the very day John Key refused to commit to a target for child poverty, his government has announced one for wild kiwi numbers:

A strategy to reverse the decline in kiwi numbers has been announced today by Conservation Minister Maggie Barry.

Kiwi numbers currently fall by 2 per cent each year, but the Government wants to turn this into a 2 per cent annual gain, to swell numbers to more than 100,000 by 2030.

Wild kiwi numbers sit just below 70,000, with the annual decline caused mainly by predation from stoats and dogs.

Wild kiwi are important. But wouldn't it be nice if John Key (net worth: over $50 million) cared about poor kids as much as he did about them?