As previously mentioned this Government is highly vindictive against those who criticise it, and this is reflected in state appointments.
The issue isn’t that Labour appoints some of ts own activists to boards – all parties do that to a degree.
The issue is sacking highly qualified board members because they disagree with you in an area not related to their directorship. Today the NZ Herald reports on how the Government has effectively sacked the Chancellor of Linoln University despite him being just a year into the job. He is also the President of Federated Farmers – hence his crime.
If a board member is appointed by his or hewr peers to chair an institution, it is almost unheard of for them not to be re-appointed.