Change is happening. Slowly. But it's definitely happening. It didn't start with a slushy, but slushies are symptomatic of it.
Even five years ago, if it emerged the Department of Corrections had spent a lot of money on slushy machines for its correctional officers there would have been public outrage.
"Hard working Kiwis' taxpayer dollars are going on slushy machines!" some politician would have bellowed.
"Haha!" a newspaper sub-editor would have laughed. "I can cleverly call that a 'slush fund' in a headline". Then they would have been so proud of their cleverness they would have self high-fived and