Orr should remain politically neutral

New Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr is under fire from former EQC minster Gerry Brownlee after his comments on the difficulty of investing in the Christchurch rebuild. 

Orr said the following about his time at the NZ super fund:

“My single biggest frustration when I was at the Super Fund was the inability to be able to invest in New Zealand infrastructure,” Orr said.

“We never got to spend a single penny in Christchurch. I stopped going down. It became too hard.”

Simon Bridges and Gerry Brownlee have said that he should not go into the political debate and Brownlee said that he was siding with the new government against the old one.

I don’t think Orr meant these comments as a political statement, but things like this can be misinterpreted, especially in the world of politics.

You need to tread carefully.

Orr has been Reserve Bank governor for just over a month, so he’s new at the job. He’ll learn. Everyone makes mistakes as first.

Hopefully he’ll get better as time goes on.


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