New Zealand: Grievance Man v. Bureaucracy

New Zealand is not the first nation to discover that the material blessings of the welfare state come wrapped in red tape.

Trying to deal with their burgeoning bureaucracy*— crack New Zealanders, is "like boring a hole through treacle." Now the nation is considering a solution to government regimentation and pettifoggery. Last week, after a year of deliberation, New Zealand was pressing ahead with plans for a new, independent government official who will act as a civic watchdog in much the same fashion as the famed, 153-year-old Swedish institution known as the ombudsman, or grievance man.

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