‘Having a conversation’ on Air NZ and the regions

Phil Twyford has just appeared on his weekly Newshub morning spot alongside Judith Collins. He is Minister of Transport. Duncan Garner asked him about the Shane Jones attacks on Air NZ.

Twyford effectively backed Jones’ stance on pushing for air services for regions.

He said that as a Minister he would have a conversation with the head of Air NZ over better services for regions.

He was asked if he supported using some of the $200 million annual profit from Air NZ being used to provide regional services, he avoided answering that.

Garner pushed him on what he wanted Air NZ to do, and he copped out with the standard Labour fob  off ‘ they will have ‘an ongoing conversation’.

So without being up front Twyford has effectively backed Jones’ attention seeking stance, which is contrary to what the Minister responsible for state owned companies Grant Robertson has said, and contrary to the sort of reprimand Jacinda Ardern directed at Jones.

I’d expect Newshub to do a news item on this.


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  1. PartisanZ

     /  23rd March 2018

    We’re “having on ongoing conversation” about the Constitution … Why not this?

    • Kimbo

       /  23rd March 2018

      As I recall, Shane Jones was the one who thought Luzon should resign for speaking his mind, so maybe you should ask Jones. Doubly strange as Jones was the one who initiated the “conversation”.

  2. duperez

     /  23rd March 2018

    Didn’t see Garner but know the playbook.

    He wanted Twyford to say:
    1 He didn’t want Air New Zealand to provide regional services or to focus on such services, or
    2 Air New Zealand should be focusing on regional services and should do better, or
    3 Conversations with Air NZ about regional services would be ongoing, or
    4 He wouldn’t answer questions about Air NZ as he wasn’t the share-holding Minister.

    In which cases he could then:
    1 Call for Twyford to be hung draw and quartered for not being onto Air New Zealand and
    doing what he should for the regions and not caring about the people, or
    2 Call for him to be hung draw and quartered for bullying Air New Zealand, or
    3 Call for him to be hung draw and quartered for doing nothing,
    4 Call for him to be hung draw and quartered for not fronting and answering questions.

    And he could then say:
    1 Twyford refuses to support Jones and the coalition is in crisis, or
    2 Twyford has effectively backed Jones’ attention seeking stance and is a bully backing
    Jones’ bullying and attention seeking stance, or
    3 Twyford refuses to support Jones and the coalition is in crisis, or
    4 Twyford is shielding Jones.

    🕷 There’s gotta be a bite.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  23rd March 2018

      Jez dupe that was bloody marvellous … no need to watch in play out on tee vee now.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  23rd March 2018

      Or Twyford could have given the proper answer, that Air NZ is a publicly listed company and needs to make it’s own decisions in the best interests of the company and its shareholders.

      This would not be mutually exclusive with the view that regional flights are important and beneficial, and perhaps some discussion could be had over how this can be achieved.

      Hanging drawing and quartering could have been avoided by a semblance of coherence from Twyford and an admission that the government is not bully boy pulpit to harangue others from because they aren’t doing what you want them to.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  23rd March 2018

    Labour will wave the taxpayer’s magic wand at everything until it is empty. Then it will raise taxes. Inevitable as night follows day.

    • PartisanZ

       /  23rd March 2018

      Depending on where they raise taxes, raising taxes may be a very good thing …?

      But I don’t think it’s inevitable … any more than its inevitable they’ll wave the taxpayers want at everything …

      After all, AirNZ can only benefit from the Kerikeri Airport terminal upgrade and expansion … Maybe it’s fair enough to expect a bit of payback?

      Private profits are so often underpinned by public infrastructure.

      • Callum

         /  23rd March 2018

        How would Air NZ benefit significantly? They might get a few more passengers, but they are also likely to be hit for higher landing charge. Net benefit to Air NZ is likely to be minimal.

    • Blazer

       /  23rd March 2018

      another bitter day above ground…eh ..Al.You never did get over…her.

  4. Gezza

     /  23rd March 2018

    The probability is that Phil doesn’t know what to do.

    • PartisanZ

       /  23rd March 2018

      I’d say in that case he’s reflective of the populace and ‘the system’ Gezza? We don’t know what to do to retain and preserve human, social and environmental ethics in the face of a gross over-emphasis on market ethics …

      In reality there can be only one ethics …


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