Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Te Papa’s new Go Away policy

It must be pretty annoying becoming a Chief Executive in the public service if you come from the private sector. Stuff that is no business but your own is now open to public scrutiny. Your business expenses, for instance. How much you spent on taxis even. I mean, what the hell? Remember when Josie McNaught took it on herself to detail some ‘embarrassing’ everyday expenses of the previous CE of Te Papa in national art mags? 

Now there's a new sheriff in town and one that's obviously not going to put up with that sort of transparency bullshit. If he wants to wine and dine and catch a cab or even a damn helicopter if it’s called for, what has that got to do with anybody else, let alone taxpayers?  

And so the bi-annual ‘Te Papa CE and Kaihautū expenses disclosure document’ (scroll down the page) that has been in the public domain since 2010 via Te Papa's web site has been closed down for the July 2014-June 2015 period. 'Authentication required. Put in your password'. Oh, you don’t have one? Then 'Access denied'. 

Expenses documents from July 2010 to June 2013 are still available at the time of writing. No shoving please. There are plenty of expired reports available for everyone.

LATER: Te Papa have been in touch and have now made this material available