After four weeks holiday in Hawaii, John Key will briefly land in New Zealand this week before popping off on a junket to Antarctica. Now, you won’t hear a lot about this in the media – because half the press gallery is going with him and they’re just excited to go to Antarctica – but there’s all kinds of buzz coming out of the public service about how and why Key set up this trip.
For now, take a look at the itinerary, and you’ll see it’s pretty, um, light: ‘promote’ a PPP, host a dinner, unveil a pou whenua, return some whisky … not traditionally the kind of stuff that we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars sending the PM and a retinue of reporters to the frozen continent for.
It seems like a strange set of cobbled together activities for the PM to be doing at a time when he really ought to be doing some actual bloody work on the economy.
It’s interesting that Bronagh’s coming along. I’m sure she and John will enjoy seeing the sights.