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.
Eleven candidates will contest the Northland byelection,
including a breakaway party of former National Party
supporters set up by farmers and businesspeople campaigning
on a platform of "old-fashioned values".