It seems that the NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully has not read the WDCS report on future whale product trade.
He can't have because he would not be making the gamble he is taking on the lives of thousands of whales. He seems to think that if he can persuade Japan that 200 whales in the southern hemisphere is acceptable, that they will have signed their own bankruptcy notice in that he feels that 200 whales will make Southern Ocean whaling uneconomic.
Well if that's his strategy it seems that it is odd that he is telling Japan openly, and it would also seem that he has no idea where future profit will come from, thinking only of whale meat sales.
Maybe this is NZ preparing the home audience for the fact that NZ is willing to capitulate to some whaling in the Southern Ocean having said that none would be allowed. So Minister McCully now says 200 whales is actually the same as zero.
So Mr McCully, does that mean you are not really willing to offer Norway 600 whales, but actually, hang on let me work this out, if 200 = zero, then lets guess 400 = 1 and 600 = 2 whales. Heh! that sounds great.
Unless of course you can actually do math. Something the NZ Government seem to have forgotten about.