Menu
Clare Curran dumped out of Cabinet

Clare Curran dumped out of Cabinet

PM calls time on her most troubled minister after another undeclared meeting is revealed

Clare Curran has lost key digital portfolios

Clare Curran has lost key digital portfolios

The Minister for all things digital, Clare Curran, has been dumped from key portfolios after revelations of a second undeclared meeting.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the move at a press conference outside her Auckland electorate office today.

Curran has lost her Government Digital Services ministry and responsibility for Open Government after an undeclared meeting in February with tech entrepreneur and "astronaut in waiting" Derek Handley.

The meeting was reportedly about the recruitment of a government chief technology officer, a position which is still vacant after a prolonged and somewhat disjointed recruitment.

Megan Woods will take on Government Digital Services and Chris Hipkins Open Government.

Curran did not record the meeting or mention it in a written answer for a question from the opposition, but will remain Minister for Broadcasting and Associate Minister for ACC.

Earlier this year, Curran caused ructions within government and Radio New Zealand after a similarly undeclared meeting with broadcaster Carol Hirschfeld.

In a statement Curran said:

Today I tendered my resignation from the Open Government and Government Digital Services portfolios and have apologised for failing to live up to expectations of transparency. The Prime Minister has accepted my resignation.

I omitted to record a meeting with Derek Handley in an answer to a written parliamentary question.

It wasn’t in my diary because it was set up directly between Mr Handley, subsequently a candidate for the Chief Technology Officer position, and I simply forgot about it when the parliamentary answer was sent out.

I take full responsibility for not following proper process. The meeting with Mr Handley should have been in the diary and my staff should have been informed.

I have let myself and the Prime Minister down and my resignations today are the consequence of my error.

I am committed to making our government more open and ensuring that creatives and innovators in digital services have a voice at the table. I’m proud of the work I have undertaken.

I will continue to work hard in advancing this Government’s broadcasting and communications agenda.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags governmentbroadcastingclare currandigital government

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News kicks off awards season in 2019 with Judges' Lunch

Reseller News kicks off awards season in 2019 with Judges' Lunch

The 2019 Reseller News Innovation Awards has kicked off with the Judges Lunch in Auckland with 70 judges in the voting panel. The awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors. Photos by Christine Wong.

Reseller News kicks off awards season in 2019 with Judges' Lunch
Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2018 inductees - Chris Simpson, Kendra Ross and Phill Patton - to the third running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing landscape of the technology industry in New Zealand, while outlining ways to attract a new breed of players to the ecosystem. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch
Upcoming tech talent share insights at inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum 2019

Upcoming tech talent share insights at inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum 2019

The channel came together for the inaugural Reseller News Emerging Leaders Forum in New Zealand, created to provide a program that identifies, educates and showcases the upcoming talent of the ICT industry. Hosted as a half day event, attendees heard from industry champions as keynoters and panelists talked about future opportunities and leadership paths and joined mentoring sessions with members of the ICT industry Hall of Fame. The forum concluded with 30 Under 30 Tech Awards across areas of Sales, Entrepreneur, Marketing, Management, Technical and Human Resources. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Upcoming tech talent share insights at inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum 2019
Show Comments