Opinion

'That' letter from the govt to Air NZ: what's really in it?

Pattrick Smellie
Wed, 14 Apr 2021

Grant Robertson has reminded Air NZ where the power and the money lies.
Pattrick Smellie
Wed, 14 Apr 2021
Depending on the angle of the sun, the government’s latest letter of expectations to the board of Air New Zealand can be read one of two ways.It is either evidence Muldoon's ghost bestrides the land. Or it is a perfectly reasonable letter for a majority shareholder to write.The truth is somewhere between those two markers, skewed heavily towards the latter interpretation.However, the letter is also a classic of the genre of political instruction to government-owned commercial entities, requiring forensic linguistic skills to decipher...

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