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10/9/2018 — Economics, Politics and Government
Curran resigns as minister

There were no real surprises when Broadcasting Minister Clare Curren resigned from her job and this was accepted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"Clare has come to the view the issues currently surrounding her are causing an unacceptable distraction for the Government and immense pressure on her personally,” the PM said in a statement.

“I agree with her assessment that resigning is the best course of action for the Government and for her.”

Kris Faafoi will become the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, remaining outside of Cabinet, and Peeni Henare will become the Associate Minister for ACC.

Ms Curran first came into Parliament in 2008 and has held the Dunedin South seat since then - meaning if she was to throw in the towel completely her departure would result in a by-election.

For now she remains an MP but the pressure of her ministerial portfolios, a loss of confidence from the Prime Minister in her ability to be a Cabinet Minister and one of her worst performances in the House last week left her no choice but to call it quits on her ministerial responsibilities.

Radio NZ said Ms Curran's ability to do the job has been in question almost since the beginning of her appointment to Cabinet - her loyalty to the PM - the pair used to share a flat together - has probably helped protect her to date.

As Dene Mackenzie reported last week her troubles first began back in March after it was revealed she failed to disclose a breakfast meeting with then-Radio NZ head of news Carol Hirschfeld in response to parliamentary questions last December.

She corrected her response but later told Parliament it was not declared as she viewed it as an informal discussion.

Ms Hirschfeld went on to resign from her position after she had repeatedly assured RNZ chief executive Paul Thompson her meeting with Ms Curran was coincidental and that she and the minister had talked after bumping into each other in a Wellington cafe.

Radio NZ said Ms Hirschfeld later backtracked and told Thompson the meeting had been pre-arranged.

In August and Ms Ardern was left with no choice but to demote Ms Curran from Cabinet and strip her of her Government Digital Services portfolio and Open Government responsibilities, following a second failure to properly declare a meeting.

In February Ms Curran met with Derek Handley at her Beehive office to discuss his interest in the vacant Chief Technology Officer role. She failed to record the meeting in her diary after she had used her personal gmail account to arrange the catch-up.

She subsequently failed to record it in a written parliamentary question.

On Thursday Ms Curran failed to show up at Parliament after what was described as a dismal performance during Question Time on Wednesday. Ms Curran requested personal leave.

Sources: radionz.co.nz; stuff.co.nz; nzresources.com

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