March 29, 2018
PM defends Curran in RNZ snafu
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she sees nothing wrong with her ministers meeting staff in organisations they have oversight of.
Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran is under fire for meeting before Christmas with former Radio New Zealand head of content Carol Hirschfeld.
Ms Hirschfeld resigned this week after admitting the meeting was scheduled and not a chance encounter as she originally told her chief executive.
Ms Ardern says it became an issue because Ms Curran failed to declare it happened when asked a written question for a list of all her meetings, as she should have.
"There were issues then in the way it was handled within RNZ. That I can't comment on. That is an operational matter for them. On our side, definitely the minister has apologised for not having originally declared that meeting had occurred because as I say, there is nothing wrong with a minister meeting with people in an industry she needs to understand," she says.
Ms Ardern does not think too much can be read into Radio New Zealand's loss of two senior Maori staff in short order.
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