The invites are printed, the red carpet booked, pig trophies polished, and Porky’s tux is back from the dry cleaner. All that’s needed now is your nominations for the 2021 Jonesie Awards for Government Waste.

The Jonesies are our golden glitz and glamour Oscars-style award ceremony held at Parliament where the Taxpayers’ Union (firmly tongue-in-cheek) recognises the ‘best of the worst’ of wasteful spending across central and local government.

Islay at 2021 Jonesie Awards

Last year’s nominations included the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard’s $572,000 Parliamentary slide, $72 million fund “to fight COVID 19” with two synthetic horse tracks, and the $10 million “essential infrastructure” payment for AJ Hackett’s Bungy. Minister Phil Twyford took home the golden swine for Lifetime Achievement in Waste.

We’re now seeking your nominations for the most appalling or absurd uses of taxpayer or ratepayer money to emerge in the last year. Nominations close on 20 October.

There are three categories: Local Government, Central Government, and Lifetime Achievement.

Click here to submit your nomination.

This year’s award ceremony will be on Thursday 4 November, 11am at Parliament and streamed to our members and supporters who can’t attend in person.

Thank you for your support and to all our donors who make the Jonesies possible.

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Louis Houlbrooke
Campaigns Manager
New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

We nominate the Guru Gateway! —Eds