The Waitangi National Trust has concocted a fee-charging formula that should be applied more widely around the country.
Under this formula, people who live close to the Waitangi Treaty Ground are treated more favourably than people who live further away.
The scheme was disclosed in a news item from Radio NZ after the trust decided to make people pay to get into the treaty grounds.
As of Saturday, as Alf understands it, New Zealanders will pay $15 to visit the treaty grounds with children up to 18 free if accompanied by parents or caregivers.
The charge for overseas visitors will remain at $25 with children free.
The Waitangi National Trust is telling us that charging Kiwis is necessary because the drop in tourism caused by the global financial crisis means there are no longer enough fee-paying overseas visitors to subsidise free entry for locals.
This has raised the dander of Kelvin Davis and taken his mind – for now – off his party’s leadership circus (which itself would command an entry fee and pull in crowds of those who enjoy a great farce).