All that glitters…
Official documents showing the Government has spent $19.5 million on a revamp of the Ministry of Education building serve as a reminder that National’s profligacy continues unabated.
The refit, the latest in a series of Ministry mega-spends, includes a $2.6 million grand staircase, a “Koru”-style transit lounge and a “concierge” style arrangement in the reception area. It comes as schools around the country are being told there’s no cash for desperately needed upgrades to past-their-use-by date buildings.
And it comes hard on the heels of the much-criticised MBIE spend-up.
Practice what we preach? Not so much.
Chris Hipkins has labelled the 12-floor staircase the “Stairway to Heaven”.
With apologies to Led Zeppelin, it does make us wonder, ooh it makes us wonder, what next?
Meanwhile here’s a rundown of what your taxpayer dollars have “bought” over the last few months:
|Ministry of Education Refit|
|Grand internal staircase||$2,575,938|
|An LED television set||$140,747|
|A roof deck||$260,000|