Kyle Lockwood, nzten.com Spokesman, discusses Minister Peter Dunne's 10-year passports report delay and clears up an Internal Affairs myth with Radio NZ's 'The Panel'. Listen from about the halfway mark (after the RMA discussion)
The wheels of bureaucracy turn ever more slowly at the New Zealand Government.
It's hardly a surprise that the NZ govt continues to work at a glacial pace, but when the DIA minister Peter Dunne promised that his report on passport validity would be released by 'early December' last year nothing happened, when pressured by us cabinet said 'we are working on policy due for release early in the new year' well it's now January the 20th, quite late in the new year by my book, and it seems the delays are all about squeezing the most revenue possible from you and I, the long suffering taxpayer.
Quite likely the minister is still on holiday, he's probably down at the coiffeur getting his hair done, or shopping for his 2015 collection of bow ties. Our policy makers could still be sitting on a beach in Hawaii sipping cocktails and smoking the odd cigar - all the while conveniently forgetting their salaries are taxpayer funded.
When 5-year passports were introduced abruptly in 2005, legislation was passed overnight in urgency, in the intervening decade we've seen many more nations move from 5-year to 10 year passports, a quick glance at the map above indicates the world is at a point now where 5-year passports are generally the preserve of cash-strapped nations and despotic African regimes.
So, how long does it take to send a report? I know that in this electronic age I am able to send a .pdf halfway across the world in a matter of seconds, so why does it take the DIA nearly 2 months to send their report? Even if the report were delivered by hand from 46 Waring Taylor St to the Beehive the walk is 20 minutes at the most, so why are we waiting?