A much-anticipated return to surplus somehow metamorphoses
into yet another unwelcome deficit; dairy prices slump ever
lower; the New Zealand dollar keeps rising ever higher; the
overheated Auckland property market makes the South Sea
Bubble of the 1700s look like an exercise in financial
Down the years, one taxpayer-funded government entity has
stood out from the rest of the Wellington-spawned shoal of
commissions, boards and agencies in being secretive,
obstructive, publicity-averse and downright unhelpful.
It took some carefully chosen words by a former high-ranking
diplomat to cut through the self-serving verbiage spouted by
politicians and bring some clarity to the acrimonious debate
on the merits or otherwise of New Zealand's latest excursion
to the Middle East.
What if the Government toiled night and day for years to
create a market for the right to house the poor and
downtrodden, only for no-one to bother to turn up when it
finally opened?Such a scenario might well be the stuff of
nightmares for Bill English.