Why doesn't Cabinet Minister Shane Jones simply get to the point and advocate using the MOM — or the mixed ownership model — for the future megaport he wants mashed together from three major North Island ports?

Jones has signalled New Zealand First will put the rationalisation of three key North Island ports on the agenda at the 2020 election with a pledge to form a mega-port authority as part of the price of a future coalition deal.

He is obviously keen to defuse investor anxiety. He stopped short of using the "N" word — nationalisation — in his