“Shane Jones has never spent a day of his life in the private sector and should stop telling Air New Zealand how to run its operations”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“It is simply extraordinary that a Minister who has never stepped outside a bureaucracy or quango in his life believes he can tell a publicly listed company what to do.
“Air New Zealand is a private entity and its job is to get the best financial value for its shareholders.
“If the Government feels there is a genuine public good in the regional routes that have been shut down, it could set up a government subsidy and put those routes out for tender.
“The answer isn’t for Shane Jones to try to strong-arm the Board from his bully pulpit”, says Mr Seymour.