In this morning's fish and chip wrapper, a truly splendid piece of drivel was uttered by Tapu Misa. Apparently, the ACC no faults compensation system makes her proud to live in New Zealand.
She then breathlessly compared the ACC system to other moments in New Zealand history like the emancipation of women, being nuclear weapons free and a process to settle Treaty grievances.
Well, that's a bit like me saying that the introduction of Goods and Service Tax makes me proud to live in Godzone as well, or perhaps, that the introduction of GST is right up there with Rutherford splitting the atom or winning the America's Cup in 1995.
It's a bit hard to take Misa seriously when she goes around comparing truly great moments in NZ history with the introduction of an insurance regime, particularly one which has morphed into an unwieldy and expensive state-run mess.
Misa should think about other reasons why NZ is a great place to live, such as the apparent abundance of hard working people who are propping up her fabulous ACC regime with ever increasing premiums.
I'm not yet convinced that the ACC system is broken to the point that it should be done away with. But I am failing to understand why businesses aren't allowed to contract out of ACC for the private provision of insurance. Misa makes the point that private insurance won't necessarily be any cheaper, but then, it may offer a better service that meets requirements more appropriately for those businesses - faster turnaround and superior care. It's a good thing that National and ACT are working to deliver this.
What other seminal moments in New Zealand non-history make you proud to live here? The punching of Rod Vaughan by Bob Jones? The moment Naomi Lange wore a pink cardigan to meet the Queen, or maybe even the moment in which Inland Revenue's forms were designed in that elegant shade of light blue?