Bailing out a company like Air New Zealand is one thing. It has a multiplier effect on the local economy in tourism marketing, air freight, and just having a airline that is interested in having routes in and out of NZ. Giving money to your mates because they are your mates… Well this is the style of ad that John Key needs.
This will be discussed in the ‘Jobs Summit’, but framed differently. Probably why NACT prefer to select the participants.