It looks like our indigenous persons can chalk up another triumph in having craven public servants put iwi interests ahead of the wider public’s.
The bureaucrats in this tawdry tale of ineptitude are the tossers at the Overseas Investment Office who are dab hands at rubber-stamping applications for foreigners to buy chunks of the country but not so good at ensuring the conditions are met.
Mind you, they have done our indigenous persons a big favour in this case and will have earned lots of brownie points from their political masters in the Beehive.
Strictly speaking, as a member of the Government, Alf should be applauding them.
He will do so publicly (which may well help our team to keep the Maori Party on side).