August 17, 2008

Fee-Gathering Leeches

Twice in one issue the Institution of Professional Engineers gets headlines (Aug 4). Any organisation that can sneak in on the back of legislation (Building Act) to sponsor themselves and fee structures that challenge the legal and accountancy professions must be influential.

President Bas Walker claims environmental limits will restrict the growth of NZ's biggest earning industries, tourism and agriculture. In fact, they are being constrained by vested interests who use/bend legislation to inflate their own egos/ incomes under the umbrella of the Resource Management Act, rather than by men of commonsense who have the No. 8 wire ability to adapt and who forefront progress.

NZ's poor performance has more to do with government disincentives to innovation and investment, once made by those who now emigrate rather than subsidise a raft of protected fee- gathering middlemen. JOHN McCASKEY


Waipara John McCaskey wins Akaroa salmon and a Croxley pen. This is the first publication of his letter.

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