Clare Curran removed from Cabinet, PM announces

by RNZ / 24 August, 2018

Clare Curran.

Prime Minister announces Clare Curran being removed from Cabinet

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is removing Clare Curran from Cabinet after she failed to record a meeting in her diary.

Ms Ardern said she has also accepted Ms Curran's offer to resign her Government Digital Services portfolio and Open Government responsibilities, following a second failure to properly declare a meeting.

Ms Curran failed to record a meeting in her diary in an answer to a written parliamentary question that happened in February.

Megan Woods will take the portfolio of digital services, while Chris Hipkins will take on open government.

Ms Ardern said on Monday she received information that Ms Curran had informally organised a meeting in February this year.

In February, Ms Curran met with Derek Handley at her Beehive office in her capacity as Minister of Government Digital Services to discuss Mr Handley's interest in the vacant Chief Technology Officer (CTO) role. This meeting took place after the first unsuccessful recruitment round for the CTO.

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The issue here is that Ms Curran failed to record that meeting and that she failed to include it in a parliamentary question, Ms Ardern said.

Ms Ardern said Clare Curran accepted that she did not meet her expectations and she had not met her own expectations.

Ms Ardern described it as a significant demotion, but said she would keep her role in broadcasting and ACC.

She said she maintained confidence in the Minister in the areas of broadcasting and ACC.

Ms Ardern said she accepted there was no malice intended.

"There is no excuse for what has happened here, that is why the minister has been demoted ... she remembers the meeting, she does not recall the written question," Ms Ardern said.

This article was first published on Radio NZ.

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