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Covid’s risky business

Paul McBeth
Fri, 01 Oct 2021

The government often shares a high-level view but the details take longer to emerge. (Image: Getty)
Paul McBeth
Fri, 01 Oct 2021
Former minister cum banker Simon Power was fond of saying you can’t regulate risk when he was ushering in sweeping financial sector reforms.That’s a sentiment New Zealand’s timid government officials might want to keep in mind as they stump up advice on how to reconnect the nation to the rest of the world.The Wellington bureaucracy is rightly a process-driven beast, making sure the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed before they submit papers to ministers for decisions to get made.We know it can toss that out the window...

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