Business leaders and controversial Cabinet Minister Shane Jones haven't gone so far as to smoke a peace pipe.

But this year's Herald CEOs survey shows the sting has gone out of business criticism with just a few personally derogatory comments on Jones compared to 2018 when he was slagged off for "pathetic populist posturing" and "short-sighted political point scoring" after the string of personal attacks he mounted against leading business people.

Respondents were asked to rate Jones on his performance as Regional Economic Development and Infrastructure Minister over the past year.

On a scale where 1 = not impressive and

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