The failure of Jacinda Ardern's "year of delivery" creates a major PR challenge for the Beehive, but also for the Opposition.

For those still committed to reality-based politics, Ardern's "year of delivery" is as credible as her earlier promise to be "transformational".

KiwiBuild, the Billion Trees programme and the Provincial Growth Fund handing out only 3 per cent of the money Shane Jones has paraded are the most risible.


More seriously, Ardern appointed herself Minister for Child Poverty Reduction and declared it the reason she entered politics, yet by some measures it has worsened.

Beneficiary numbers and state-house waiting