A question from a confused observer. Why would the following state-owned or partly state-owned companies and publicly funded organisations need to commission the private lobbying and consultancy agency Saunders Unsworth?:
Meridian, Genesis Mighty River Power, NZ Post, Air New Zealand, ACC, Commerce Commission, Auckland City, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NZ Super Fund, Massey University, Otago University, Metro Polytechnics, Victoria University of Wellington, Auckland Museum, and the Industry Training Federation.
These are all listed as current or previous clients of Saunders Unsworth.
I would have thought these agencies should all be able to talk with their responsible minister without needing to spend public money on a private lobbying firm? Am I being naïvely idealistic, or have some of these organisations and companies become so tied up in their own corporate philosophies that they forgot how they used to do things?