Finance Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Tony Ryall have announced more rationalisation of government agencies.
If you follow the link above you’ll see the proposals which include disestablishing five crown entities and three tribunals, merging two government agencies, establishing shared corporate services across the government’s three central agencies and consolidating the services of a number of others.
Thirty nine government departments, more than 150 Crown entities, excluding school boards, and more than 200 other agencies is far too many for a population of four million.
The aim of the rationalisation is to make government administration more efficient and reduce costs, duplication and waste.
It’s difficult to argue with the logic of that although no doubt those who aren’t concerned about the dead weight of government will.