COMMENT:

Invitations went out this week from the Beehive for an exclusive farewell for Gabriel Makhlouf, who departs the Treasury on June 27 to take up the plum role of governor of the Central Bank of Ireland.

On the guest list are former National Cabinet ministers who dealt with Makhlouf during their period in Government. He served them as Treasury Secretary from 2011 to 2017.

Others who would be natural candidates for the invitation list include current National leader Simon Bridges, significant players from the Wellington beltway firmament, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joining host Finance Minister Grant Robertson.

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