Wasn’t leadership among the attributes claimed by the Mayor of Wellington while campaigning for the job before the local body elections last year?
We thought so – until we heard he had been despatched (or despatched himself) to a leadership course near Queenstown.
The news was reported by Stuff:
Wellington ratepayers are forking out $20,000 for the mayor’s leadership programme at a luxury resort.
Multiple sources have confirmed to Stuff that Wellington Mayor Andy Foster was away on a six-day leadership retreat at Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown, north of Queenstown.
We can only wonder what they taught him, because the next thing we learn from the Wellington city council is that rates could be raised by 9.2%.
This is being contemplated at a time when coronavirus is taking a heavy toll on local households and businesses. Continue reading “Back from a $20,000 course, mayor displays his leadership skills in explaining plans for hefty rates rises”
The country’s national airline, Air New Zealand, has scrapped its financial forecasts for the current year because of the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 virus, as it cuts more services and freezes hiring, Radio NZ reported today.
Last month it cut its forecast of underlying earnings to be in the range of $300m-$350m from $350m-$450m, estimating that the virus might cost it as much as $75m.
CEO Greg Foran says the airline is now facing an unprecedented situation and it is difficult to predict future demand.
“We have been continuously monitoring bookings and in recent days have seen a further decline which coincides with media coverage of the spread of Covid-19 to most countries on our network as well as here in NZ” Continue reading “A former big-shot at Walmart gives the PM and her team a lesson in leadership and personal sacrifice”
After a year in which the Labour-NZ First coalition settled into office and those who had never expected to sight the inside of the Cabinet room were adjusting to their new riding instructions, the mood of the country is now anticipatory.
The government has generated a sense of change, if only by its ministers harping on about “ nine years of neglect”. It’s a theme that may come back to haunt them.
For change itself can be unsettling. Politically, New Zealanders prefer stability. They are not revolutionaries.
That’s why Grant Robertson has kept a steady hand on the tiller, eschewing the drastic economic reform those on the fringes call for. Continue reading “A mood of anticipation has been created – Ardern now must deliver”