The Huddle: Rob Fyfe is back / Greens and NZF tension / Warriors coming home

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Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Thu, 30 Jul 2020, 7:49PM
Former Air New Zealand boss Rob Fyfe is returning as the Government's Covid-19 advisor. (Photo / File)

The Huddle: Rob Fyfe is back / Greens and NZF tension / Warriors coming home

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Thu, 30 Jul 2020, 7:49PM

Former Air New Zealand boss Rob Fyfe is back as the Government's Covid-19 advisorĀ to the private sector, a role he had been in during the lockdown, and acted as a liaison between the Government and businesses.

He finished up in that roll in mid-May.

The Prime Minister revealed this morning she had asked Mr Fyfe back. He was never paid for his work during the lockdown.

Jack Tame told Heather du Plessis-Allan he thinks it is a simple move by the Government to get a helping hand.

"They're going to someone who has a range of contact and experiences through different industries and fields, and they're thinking to get him to help them out. I don't see how that's a problem whatsoever.

"I don't see why this has to be a political thing."

Neil Miller does not have the same stance.

"You have the Government paying ex public service CEOs $8,000 a day and Rob Fyfe was doing it for nothing. He left without a thank you, he is a bigger man than I am for coming back and doing this."

Meanwhile, the tension between the Greens and New Zealand First continues to rise.

Both parties were at war between the repealing of theĀ waka-Jumping legislation.

The Bill requires MPs who quit or are expelled from a party, to leave Parliament more or less on the spot, instead of joining or forming new parties.

The Greens say they were forced to vote in favour of the Bill two years ago due to an agreement, but flipped this time around.

Mr Tame thinks the Greens are feeling good about their move.

Mr Miller also likes what the Greens have done.

"Winston says the reason he wanted the waka-Jumping legislation renewed was because he was worried about a Green MP deflecting. That's just not plausible, because that legislation was put in by Winston as a coalition requirement because his party keeps leaving him."