Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said it was no surprise the level of interest was high, with political interest giving Mighty River's float unprecedented profile.
But the numbers were a tiny fraction of the adult population, and did nothing to dent the party's claim that three-quarters of New Zealanders still opposed the sales, he said.
"There's probably a significant number in that 100,000 who don't support asset sales but think 'if they're going to be sold anyway, I might as well do what I can to prevent the shares falling into foreign ownership'."
Some are indeed preparing to buy, in spite of their opposition.
That makes us wonder; when Dr Norman says about other people 'if they're going to be sold anyway, I might as well do what I can to prevent the shares falling into foreign ownership', might he actually be speaking for himself?
Could it be that the principled Green Party leader is actually going to have a bob each way, and buy himself some shares so that he can stop those dreadful foreigners, Australians included getting their greedy hands on them? Oh; wait...