“The furore over the imminent appointment of Derek Handley as Chief Technology Officer shows we need to abolish these costly and unnecessary positions”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
According to the Spinoff, the technology sector has reacted reacted poorly to Mr Handley’s name being mentioned, and has questioned the value of the position.
“This is the latest in a long line of over-paid, unelected busybodies telling New Zealanders what to think, say, and do.
“The Children’s Commissioner, the Retirement Commissioner, Human Rights Commissioners, the Race Relations Commissioner, the Pacific Economic Development Ambassador. The list goes on and on.
“These people are paid significant salaries. We don’t know what they do, but they certainly don’t improve the lives of New Zealanders.
“Significantly, we didn’t have a Race Relations Commissioner during the Molyneux/Southern furore. New Zealanders didn’t notice. They didn’t need Susan Devoy to hold their hand.
“Jobs like Chief Technology Officer are created by politicians that have no ideas of their own and want to give the impression they are doing something.
“ACT would abolish every quango that can’t justify its existence.”