Govt On Communications Advertising Spend

March 27, 2019

The Government said that comments made by Shadow Finance Minister Nick Kempe were “misleading and do not reflect the documented advertising spend by the Government’s Department of Communications.”

According to a Government spokesperson there “were a few inaccuracies in Mr. Kempe’s recent opinion piece.

”Page A-8 of the Approved Estimates 2017/18, 2018/19, and Estimates 2019/2020 is an analysis of the Current Account Expenditure for the entire Government. This page is not a breakdown by ministry, department or section. Therefore the line item refers to Government expenditure in communications [not the department].

It includes payments for:

  • Telephones
  • Telephone equipment rentals
  • Local calls
  • Overseas calls
  • Data lines
  • Postal costs
  • Courier costs
  • Amongst other items

“The Department of Communications’ advertising and promotions budget in 2018/19 was $260,000, in 2019/20 the budget is $250,000 – a 4 per cent decrease.

“The money to fund advertising and promotions was taken from advertising budgets across Government. This reduced and eliminated the need for departments to negotiate and book advertising individually, achieving three goals:

  • Centralize the advertising function;
  • Allow the Government to realize greater savings through bulk media buying; and
  • Enable Communications to coordinate advertising for the Government, providing greater efficiency for all departments.

“The statements made in the op-ed piece are misleading and do not reflect the documented advertising spend by the Government’s Department of Communications.”

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  1. Issues alike says:

    OBA caught in another lie…not surprising given their proven track record on lying

    • A mix up says:

      A bit confused are we!

      May I remind everyone of


      Sums it up and right from the mouth of those that perpetrated the betrayal!

    • Sandgrownan says:

      Lol… wonder how many $ per word that cost the taxpayer.

      FFS …we’re a town of 60 thousand or so…it’s a propaganda machine to keep the base energized.

    • Red rose says:

      The fact that government addresses only a fraction of the issues raised by the oba shows the oba are on the right track

    • aceboy says:

      Another PLP baby bird. Gobbling up the propaganda spin eagerly

    • LaV says:

      More deflection and lies by the PLP….their followers are very gullible.

    • The Milkman says:

      Another misleading attempt by the OBA! And when will we get the details on who in the OBA tool the $300,000 from JetGate as well as the mythical $300 million from AC? Oh right it went into OBA pockets!

      • dick francis says:

        When will be get the details of the four seasons trip? When will know the results of all the outstanding civil cases? When will fintech produce jobs? when will government stop taxing us to death? I could go on .. but the lesson ‘The Milkman’ is not to throw stones in glass houses

      • account says:

        One question – are you better or worse off under the PLP?

    • Anbu says:

      Lmao. Boot licker. The plp really dont like to be spoken against do they? Lol.

    • Rego says:

      The oba is the UBP and will always be this is why they got beat 25 to 11. Those muppets will say and do anything to try and win. LOL last time they even change the party name LOLOLOLO.

      • Come Correct says:

        And the economy started to rebound, hotels started being built, retail sales were up…the plp is back in, the walls are tumbling down and we’re back into a recession of our own making. You are quite literally a fckn idiot.

        • Answer says:

          Idiots like you cant accept what the ObaUBP so you ran away from it and changed the party name. Remember who the swing voters are. People like you in the UBP are the very reason you have already loss.The Trump blood is strong in you.

  2. Sister Nancy says:

    Are we supposed to believe this………..Aw not……..

    • Red rose says:

      Not. There has been a $2.7m increase in communications spend under the plp – fact

  3. Onion Peels says:

    Is this a paid press release?

  4. Realist says:

    How petty! The point is you’re still excessively overspending and most definitely over hired in this department. What does the Director and her team do now there are so many additional consultants on payroll? Answer that!

    • Paul says:

      How can I become a paid consultant ? I graduated from high school,and have a job….oh and I took some night courses….

  5. Joe Bloggs says:

    Imagine that, a Government saying the opposition is being misleading. Has that ever happened before?

  6. Rocky5 says:

    No rebuttal that the PLP have REDUCED spending on capital items AND maintenance of GOV’T SCHOOLS by $1.42M.!!!!

  7. Donderered says:

    Given the amount of communications resources available to government, this response is laughable!

  8. Bill says:

    Same BS, different day!

  9. aceboy says:

    Love the last bullet point “Amongst Other Things”.

    Too funny.

    • dick francis says:

      Hahahahahahaha! Yes, did not see that! I wonder how much ‘among other things’ cost? That is tooooo funny.

  10. Rhonda says:

    Did we have an issue with payments to 89.1 and 106.. or just 107.5 and 102..

    Trying to understand .

    • LaV says:

      “Trying to understand .”

      I don’t think you are, you ask the most stupid questions…i don’t think you have the cognitive ability to understand anything.

    • Come Correct says:

      Hey look you fixed your name that you’ve been spelling since you could write…or you’re just another person paid using the same profile to spread propaganda. I’m going with the latter, R(h)onda.

    • Question says:

      Trying to understand why you’re so dumb

  11. question says:

    Considering the millions of taxpayer dollars they are spending on communications, you would think they could have corrected the grammatical and factual errors in this release before sending it out.

  12. road rash says:

    Too funny!!!! Amongst other things! hahahahaha – the best a taxpayer funded propaganda machine can manage?! Wow, what a waste of money!

  13. Not exactly says:

    Poor deflection by PLP. Total increased spending on communications and consultants by over $2.5 MILLION and they point to a single line item within a department that went down by a mere $10,000 to pretend that they are spending less. Give me a break