OPINION: Your old mate reckons recent ‘research’ carried out by consultants PWC – claiming that ‘actively managed carbon forestry’ creates 25% more local jobs than sheep and beef farming on low productivity land – is about as accurate as a bent rifle.
The OIA shows that advertising consultant Kim Wicksteed was paid $25,024 for a ‘marketing and communications’ strategy for Nanaia Mahuta’s Three Waters reforms.
Wicksteed was also paid an additional $3,588 to participate in the – wait for it – “Three Waters Reform Programme Critical Friends Advisory Group”.
His advice shaped the contentious and much pilloried advertising, featuring poorly drawn comic characters and green slime coming out of taps, which cost the Department of Internal Affairs more than $3 million.
The advertising campaign aimed to muddy the waters and show that local councils were doing a poor job.
Ultimately it failed to win