Let’s do this

Written By: - Date published: 2:42 pm, November 3rd, 2017 - 11 comments
Categories: Deep stuff, greens, labour, nz first, Politics - Tags:

We have a mildly reforming government, with just a very few structural governance shifts in its tank.

Since that’s the case, the government needs the right people in the right institutions to affect policy.

This is about the only moment in the life of this term of government where the right people get in. This doesn’t imply that all previous government appointees are compromised by politics. It does imply that we are a highly disaggregated state with almost zero horizontal policy force, MP’s are but the most visible part of the great disaggregated machine, and reforms occur much faster if the right skilled people who are attuned to their Ministers’ goals are governing the right institutions.

The Clark government did this in only a half-assed fashion, and the National-led government was pretty thorough at getting their people in there over nine years. Big task and this government needs help.

So this is an appeal: if you think you or people you know are qualified to get into the boards of these positions, get that cv together and written support from your friendly MP and send it to the Prime Minister’s office.

Here’s a few for you to go for, and there’s others in the link provided:

– Civil Aviation
– DHB’s
– Earthquake Commission
– Education NZ
– Fire and Emergency NZ
– Health Quality and Safety Commission
– Maritime NZ
– NZTourism Board
– Sport and Rec
– Worksafe
– Arts Council
– Broadcasting Commission
– Guardians of NZSuper
– Public Trust
– Electricity Authority
– Law Commission
– Productivity Commission
– Privacy Commission
– Transport Accident Commission
– AgResearch
– Landcare
– Plant and Food Research
– Crown Irrigation Ltd
– City Rail Link Ltd
– Crown Infrastructure Holdings
– Predator Free 2050
– Tamaki Redevelopment Co Ltd
– Kiwirail
– Kordia
– Landcorp
– Metservice
– NZPost

Let’s Do This.

11 comments on “Let’s do this”

  1. Puckish Rogue 1

    I call dibs on Predator Free 2050

  2. CHCOff 2

    In my view, the double entry accounting system is a back door whatever value you like proprietary one, and while it has some attributes that are beneficial in the private sector use, it is not a good admin foundation to try and run public sector utilities without loss while providing quality services until privatisation comes a calling.

    Other than that, particularly in these times, you would hope that elected officials in significant positions, are wise enough to remain the same people in their public roles.

    • CoroDale 2.1

      If I’ve understood that; then the leadership in these institutions could mostly retain our support, if they support reform of accounting practices.

  3. One Anonymous Bloke 3

    You forgot ECAN.

  4. greywarshark 4

    Change the huge rates of pay for CEOs in government services, and train NZ for them so you don’t have to compete for overseas expertise and inflate top salaries.

    In 2015 a stuff item on this.



    And one of the justifications for having high CEO rates is that if there is a severe
    problem of health and safety a CEO could go to jail. Likely isn’t it! Solution ;
    change the health and safety from being so anal about conditions to being careful and policed.

    • KJT 4.1

      When has a CEO ever gone to jail for a health and safety breach, wage underpayments, insider trading, failing to fulfill responsibilities etc.

      Even jail when deliberate fraud is committed, are rare.

      Meanwhile there are many other jobs, like trucking, where an employee can, and is, jailed for a simple mistake.

      High pay seems to have made for a culture of impunity with executives, where if they stuff up, they just move on to yet another job beyound their competence level.

      Japan seems to get high quality management by promoting within the companies, without paying the ridiculous rates we do here.

      Council operations once were run by county clerks on wages about twice the average.
      Hospitals were similar. Schools were administered by “Secretaries”.
      Why do we now require all these “managers” on millions? There has been no noticeable improvements in service. Rather the opposite.

  5. timeforacupoftea 5

    The Families Commission is all but wound up. Closes December I think.

  6. patricia bremner 6

    Perhaps they should all have to sign a Public Service Pledge.

    Loss of position pay and pension for insubordination.

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