This Government promised to be open and transparent, but it is an artfully-crafted mirage

 This Government promised to be open and transparent, but it is an artfully-crafted mirage

OPINION: From the moment she took office in 2017, Jacinda Ardern promised her government would be the most open and transparent New Zealand has seen.

In her first formal speech to Parliament she pledged: “This government will foster a more open and democratic society. It will strengthen transparency around official information.”

Since then the numbers of faceless communications specialists have skyrocketed. The Government’s iron grip on the control of information has tightened.

And it is now harder than ever to get information.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has captivated the world with her communication style. She has four press secretaries.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has captivated the world with her communication style. She has four press secretaries.

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