Not disagreeing with you...but they are all 5 year projects. I think to keep smelting in the mean time is best for NZ and the people in the South especially with a recession looming.
That's where the government starts to become vulnerable...
its running round the country throwing money at pretty much anything that will provide jobs, Cultural Centres, rugby clubrooms , bike parks , indoor courts, etc https://www.ft.com/content/cdcd8a02-81b5-48f1-a4a5-60a93a6ffa1e
But then I guess Southland isn't somewhere NZ First are trying to get elected,