COMMENT:

In many other parts of the world, the close relationship between our Prime Minister and a leading business lobbyist would be considered corrupt, but in New Zealand it's seen as "business as usual". Does that make it right? Is it in the public interest to have the politicians and lobbyists in each other's pockets?

The most important case study of the New Zealand lobbying-politician nexus has become that of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's relationship with lobbyist GJ Thompson, who she hired for five months last year as her chief of staff. They are friends, she has huge trust in