Comment by Claire Trevett

It is becoming quite the thing for ministers to drop potentially bothersome news in their portfolios while Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is overseas.

The hope seems to be that the media will be seen as churlish if they press Ardern on such issues while she is dealing with more important things like world peace, climate change and terrorism.

When Ardern was in Davos earlier this year, Phil Twyford announced he would not be able to hit the short-term target for KiwiBuild.

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It was to be reviewed and "recalibrated".

It was effectively an admission that one of