Attention-craving politicians dangle expensive toys in front of jaded electors in the hope of future name recognition when the voting papers turn up. Auckland mayoral wannabe John Tamihere is a text-book case with his un-costed, double-decker harbour bridge nightmare.
Our latest political Santa is retiring Air New Zealand boss and widely rumoured new Upper Harbour National Party candidate Christopher Luxon. Unveiling his conservative credentials, he wants to turn the clock back half a century and fly commercial planes out of the Whenuapai air force base again.
"It's ridiculous," he says, "that someone who lives in, say, Whangaparaoa has to