5 DECEMBER 2019
Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development, eventually declaring a conflict of interest
over the NZ Future Forestry Products PGF application wasn't political transparency — it was crisis management butt
covering, says the New Zealand Taxpayers Union.
Taxpayers' Union spokesperson Jordan Williams says, "The Minister was alerted to the application on six separate occasions, as early as
June. He should have advised the Cabinet Office of the conflict the moment the first report hit his desk."
"It was only after media started asking inconvenient questions that what is required happened. The Minister's delay is
severely out of line with the purpose of governmental conflict of interest policies — to ensure decisions with taxpayer
money are transparent and not unduly influenced."
"It appears the Minister's disclosure was more about crisis management and butt covering than the objectivity of
New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
New Zealand's grassroots campaign for lower taxes and less government waste
The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is an independent activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in
the corridors of power. It's here to fight government waste and make sure New Zealanders get value for money from their
tax dollar. New Zealanders are invited to join and donate at http://taxpayers.org.nz