Jeremy Greenbrook has blogged the “power list” of the 50 most powerful NZers from the Listener. I’ll comment on some of the placings but first make it clear I regard power lists as devices to sell newspapers and magazines, and they never bear much relation to reality. The fact I once made an IT/Comms power list is proof positive of this!!!
4 Sam Morgan. Sorry but while Sam is a great guy from all accounts and made some very nice money from Trade Me, he is not the fourth most powerful person in NZ.
23 Heather Simpson – well any list which doesn’t have her in the top ten or top five is not defining power as I do.
15 Pita Sharples. I can’t see how a leader of a party with 4 votes is up there, over Winston Peters who si Foreign Minister, has seven votes and has been able to get a number of policy concessions out of the Govt.
Also I don’t think a single civil servant makes the list except Alan Bollard. The heads of DPMC, SSC, Treasury and MFAT all have considerable power.