But hold on. The Christchurch earthquakes were of an epic proportion and the Government simply has to get it right or they will pay the price. CERA has huge powers and responsibilities probably unprecedented in NZ history. Is $1,000 per day too much.
Well, not according to my dentist who has just charged me $3,500 for a three tooth bridge and a single root canal filling for which I spent a grand total of 3 hours and twenty minutes in his chair.
So perhaps a better comparison is the $267.50 per day, seven days per week, 52 weeks per year, paid to Clayton as the Deputy Chair of a Parliamentary Select Committee (salary is $139,100). No matter that Clayton's influence over Government policy is somewhere between zip and zero. No matter that his parliamentary colleagues rate him as 'Mr Obnoxious' ... the dosh keeps rolling in.
And the media just love him, ... so much better than interviewing their typewriters. And so much for balanced journalism