A $70,000 stone

Stuff reports:

The Government’s business super ministry has admitted its controversial sign outside its headquarters cost almost $70,000, about 50 per cent more than it previously claimed.

The culture in is obviously not right, if no one involved in the project of moving offices flagged that this was a wasteful idea.

On Tuesday, MBIE said the sign was designed to be in character with the historic building it uses for its headquarters.

Many cheaper ways to do that.

A spokeswoman said the sign “was a one-off cost in a relocation programme projected to achieve around $40 million-$50 million in public sector savings over 20 years”.

The savings come from a cut in the amount of office space used by the ministry.

It’s good money was saved elsewhere, but a saving in one area doesn’t justify extravagance in another.

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