I realise that this story is now a couple of days old, but I couldn't let it slip by without comment.
This Piha tree has had $12,000 spent on it by bureaucrats.
How can you tell?
I know that's a tough one, but if you look closely you will notice that the tree looks exactly the same as it did before the bureaucrats decided it required their collective attention.
Several layers of paperwork, reports, consultation, meetings, lunch breaks, annual leave, conferences and general poobah later.... nothing.
If there was ever an example of our "perfected stupidity", this would be it.
As a society we have taken $12,000 of hard earned, potentially productive money and pissed it up against a tree.
And we wonder why we borrow money every week to pay our bills.