I unreservedly apologise for making what I now know are unfounded assertions it was the Green Party.
Keeping Stock has had a tip about an advertisement seeking people who can spend four weeks working on a campaign from August 31 to October 2:
Engage needs a team of intelligent, confident, professional staff for this exciting and lucrative campaign.
The team will fly around NZ’s main centres together for around 5 weeks. You will be engaging with people at bars & cafes, on street, and at events, collecting information with an i-Pad and discussing a current affairs issue with a select target audience. All travel and accommodation, plus a food allowance when away from home, is organised for you and provided in addition to your pay.
You must be available for the entire fixed term contract from 31st August – 2nd October.
Working 27 days in total (5-6 days per week), with variable hours (6-10 hours per day). The total fee for completing the campaign is $4,000 + food allowance and bonus.
Due to confidentiality issues we cannot disclose any more information at this time, but of course more information will be provided when we contact you to discuss your application in person. . .
So who’s employing these people and who’s paying:
Keeping Stock has the answer:
If the information provided to us tonight is correct (and we have no reason to suspect that it isn’t), Engage NZ might not be too far removed from a certain political party. Because the purpose of this team flying around New Zealand engaging with people is a very political one. The “current affairs issue” being discussed is asset sales, and the “select target audience” with whom people are engaging is those who have not yet signed the petition for a Citizen Initiated Referendum.