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National says it is ‘‘staggering’’ that so far less than 5% of the Government’s regional development funding has been earmarked for the South Island, while Northland has been promised nearly half the money.
‘‘The mainland accounts for 30% of New Zealand’s regional population,’’ National South Island regional development spokesman Andrew Falloon said.
‘‘By contrast, Northland makes up less than 7% of our regional population.’’
Mr Falloon said Regional Development Minister Shane Jones was ‘‘taking money off taxpayers in every other region in the country to hand around in Northland’’.