Cautious bureaucrats try to avoid possible controversy!
Hell that ain’t news. Not even remotely newsworthy. But fear not, NZPA are on the job: “Inland Revenue canned a KiwiSaver brochure because of fears it would be used for electioneering, despite at the time saying it was pulled for commercial reasons.”
In today’s Parliamentary Questions, National’s Bill English fed off some presumably leaked emails by IRD officials about departmental promotional material. Officials had earlier told the Herald that they had dropped plans to produce a leaflet because it wasn’t needed. If there is any news story it’s that officials lied to the news media.
So it turns out that “the brochures were pulled because they were deemed to be too political.” At least that’s the spin the NZPA puts on it. The email said, “I remain concerned that in the current environment it (the KiwiSaver brochure) leans too far towards the promotional,” which is not the same thing.