The government has been as twinkle-toed as a winger five metres from the try-line in its handling of the opening night chaos down on the Auckland waterfront. Here's the government's playbook laid bare...

If only the government's event management was as good as its political management. Its performance in the days following the weekend's crowd chaos on the Auckland waterfront has been deft, comfortably outmanoeuvring the Auckland Council.

My bet is that the Government's work this week will make sod all difference to the crowd experience during the rest of the World Cup, but nine weeks from an election, that's not their only concern. This is pure politics.

The government, as has been widely reported, stepped into the mess on Tuesday and took control of managing the Auckland waterfront and Party Central.

Rugby World Cup minister Murry McCully said "the ball has been dropped"  adding later:

"The news media have led the charge in pointing the finger at me. If they want someone to take responsibility, I will. I'm going to make sure the consents are in place, the buck does stop with me and that's how we're going to deal with it."

Some commentators pointed out that this was typical of a man famous for his micro-management. But it's also typical of a man famed for being one of the great political survivors. Or perhaps, it was a John Key move. Either way, the strategy was simple.

1) Move on Tuesday. Safe in the knowledge the Council wouldn't announce changes to waterfront management until its reports were released on Wednesday, the government moved a day earlier, announcing the exact same plans the council would have announced the next day anyway.
2) "Take control". McCully and co took the initiative while the Council was left to release its reports on what went wrong, meaning the public now associates the government with decisive action and the council with failure.
3) Take responsibility for this weekend's events. Which is as close as you can get to backing a sure winner. No fireworks, waka, Finn Brothers or opening ceremony; bad weather forecast; half of Auckland scared off by last weekend's debacle; the All Blacks playing in Hamilton and the Auckland game being between Ireland and Australia, most of whose supporters will already be staying in the CBD... Let's be honest, your grandmother could make a success of this weekend's events. With one hand tied behind her back.
4) Declare on Sunday or Monday that the government has saved the day. End of.

As I say, deft.

This is the start of my post at tvnz.co.nz. To continue reading, click here. But feel free to add comments and debate below

Comments (19)

by Richard on September 16, 2011
Richard

I'm not sure that McCully's moves count as great political management.

Sure, it's the kind of move that might have Key and Joyce and McCully high-fiving each other at the water-cooler, and it probably makes David Farrar dizzy with excitement. But it's too transparently superficial and obvious.

No-one is fooled. It's not deft, it's amateur.

by Tim Watkin on September 17, 2011
Tim Watkin

Richard, most voters lead busy lives and work on impressions. I may be over-simplifying, and some will say 'yeah right, they've only taken over an event they're already running'. But many will see decisive action moe than else. And this weekend will run fine. Who gets the credit?

You know what this reminds me of? The Hobbit argument. The government has got one over on the council just as it did the unions.

by Roger Brooking on September 21, 2011
Roger Brooking

Could please remove the spam from Roger Brooking's Punt.

by Frank Macskasy on September 24, 2011
Frank Macskasy

"Richard, most voters lead busy lives and work on impressions."

Unfortunately, quite true, Tim. The public percieve rail to be a council-run operation. It most certainly is not. Rail is run by a private company, Veolia Railways. Veolia, in turn is contracted by the ATA (Auckland Transport Agency). The ATA is run by seven directors - five of whom are government lackeys, er, sorry, I meant "appointees". So it's unclear how railways is the responsibility of the Auckland Council.

But enough people think it is, so that's enough for the guvmint.

Personally, though, I see National's "Anschluss" of the Auckland waterfront as a bit of hidden 'gold' for the Left.

If there are further stuff-ups, then it will be sheeted home fairly and squarely  with McCully and Co. It will no longer be a matter of perceptions - it will be cold, hard reality kicking National ministers firmly up the backside.

If there are NO further stuff-ups - it kinda shows up neo-liberal thinking that the State can't do anything right, and only private enterprise is an efficient manager of resources. After all, Veolia was a privately-run transport company and they stuffed-up - big time. But if McCully gets it right, what does that say about neo-liberal dogma?

 

 

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