Media hunt down “The Board” – get nowhere useful

Speaking after arriving in Wellington Sunday evening, Julian Paul said the criticism of them as “faceless and secretive” had been frustrating.

The reason for not naming them was so they would not be harangued by the media.

But their position was no different to the other parties.

National has confirmed its board will be consulted and the Greens are seeking consensus from delegates before signing off their deal with Labour.

“The other parties have their own process of formalising the coalition agreement. We don’t see any media attention to that,” Paul said.

But the board were taking seriously the responsibility thrust on them and criticism that the board were just there to rubber stamp whatever Peters decided was unfair.

“Everything we do is democratic and consensus based.”

Fellow board member Toa Greening said he understood why people had criticised the process.

“I understand where it’s coming from.”

But people should know that it was a decision that weighed heavily with board members.

“Absolutely. It’s an honour and a privilege to be involved in it. I’m very much taking it seriously.”

Other board members either did not return calls or numbers could not be found.

Stuff has been told that some members of the board still carry baggage from the 1996 coalition deal and subsequent bust-up with National and this could prove a sticking point in Monday’s discussions.

But some are also very supportive of Peters’ pledge to shift Auckland port operations to Whangarei and National appears to be more amenable to this than Labour.

Paul and Greening did not want to comment on the upcoming discussions.

And this got the media exactly how much closer to anything useful?

They are pathetic and insufferable at times.


– Tracey Watkins, Stuff


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