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Clare Curran falls on her sword, resigns as minister

Clare Curran falls on her sword, resigns as minister

Clare Curran tells the PM she has become an unnecessary distraction to the government.

Gone: Clare Curran, has resigned her ministerial portfolios

Gone: Clare Curran, has resigned her ministerial portfolios

Clare Curran has resigned as minister for broadcasting, communications and digital media after a fortnight of trials and missteps.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today that Curran contacted her last night to confirm her wish to resign and she accepted that resignation.

Curran, she said, had come to see the issues surrounding her as an "unacceptable distraction" for the Government and putting immense pressure on her.

"I agree with her assessment that resigning is the best course of action for the Government and for her," Ardern said.

Kris Faafoi will step up to be the new minister, outside of cabinet.

Curran was dumped out of cabinet two weeks ago after it was discovered she had an undeclared meeting with entrepreneur Derek Handley regarding the appointment of New Zealand's first government CTO.

It was not a first offence, as she had previously been pinged for a similar meeting with broadcaster Carol Hirschfeld.

Since then she has been under the opposition's torch for using her personal Gmail account for government business.

Meanwhile, the CTO position remains unfilled, with many on social media casting doubts on the entire concept after a shambolic recruitment process.


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