Bain team pile in behind David Cunliffe: “Explain these parallel lines”

You all know I like to have fun, and sometimes draw a long bow.  But really, hear me out.

This is 2013.

Copying, scanning and emailing doesn’t really reduce the quality of a document as much as it may have in the past, through photocopying or faxing for example.

So can someone please explain to me, why a document generated only yesterday has come out like it has been lifted from the WWII Enigma files?

What do I mean?



and this


One of our readers suggested that the name FONTERRA COOPERATIVE GROUP was on the printout because it was pulled from a timesheet system, into Excel and then printed for our consumption.  The timesheet system has the company name updated since the name change in 2001, and so instead of the DAIRY BOARD it says what it says.


If it was in a spreadsheet, and you just downloaded the data into it from another system for the purposes of creating a report, would you not tidy it up before printing?

I have my tongue firmly in my cheek when I say this, but I’m surprised the edges aren’t torn and the whole document soaked in tea to give it a more authentic look.

Back to being serious.

Either BCL provided the unredacted document, and it was then redacted by Labour staffers before releasing it, or BCL redacted it by blocking the actual printout and not doing it inside Excel.

We’re talking about corporates here.  Corporates in 2013.  They scan.  They email.  They produce PDFs. They email.

What they don’t do, is

1) extract data from legacy timesheet system

2) load data into Excel for the purposes of printing

3) print it

4) redact portions not relevant

5) fax or scan and email it

This whole thing just doesn’t add up.

I’m looking forward to the explanation.

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