COMMENT:

Every government relies on attracting good, capable, top-drawer people from the private sector to serve on boards overseeing the work of vital public agencies.

These people are not politicians and enticing them to work in the public sector is not easy. Transport Minister Phil Twyford has just made that task harder with a gratuitous slur on retiring members of the board of the New Zealand Transport Agency.

He'd already had difficulty finding replacements for directors whose terms had expired a while ago. Chairman Michael Stiassny resigned early, others were persuaded to stay on in the interim and a couple

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