Setting targets can be a fools' game, as Labour learned the hard way when it failed to hit the bullseye with the KiwiBuild programme.
That was an extreme example of a target going awry, but it appears to have made Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern somewhat target-averse.
On KiwiBuild she dropped the short-term targets after it became abundantly clear the Government building programme would fall woefully short of them.
She described those "interim" targets as "unhelpful". Translate: too hard and politically embarrassing.
Then came the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry's recommendation for the Government to set a target of a 20