Stuff reports that McCully is continuing his autocratic ways.
McCully always knows best, he doesn’t need to listen to advice, or see if there’s anyone else out there who can do a better job, or cheaper. So no need to tender contracts. He knows what he wants, and he knows his mates will deliver. End of story.
Aid that helps people in poverty? No, aid that has good outcomes for his NZ business mates? Yes!
So who better to deliver that than… his mates?
Blumsky is actually quick to disassociate himself from the process: “Murray approached me.” Obviously still got some of his political skills there, shifting blame nicely. But then if someone approaches you with $78,500 to get your business up and running, you aren’t going to say: no mate, I think that should go out to tender.
I think Phil Twyford puts it nicely:
“It’s unorthodox for a minister to intervene in the awarding of a contract and to insist it is made without tender to one of his political cronies. This raises questions about the way Murray McCully is managing the aid programme.
“There are reasons why these contracts are tendered and it is precisely to avoid conflicts of interest and cronyism.”