Jacinda Ardern: Clare Curran has ‘made the right call’

Drive 07/09/2018
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accepted Clare Curran's resignation as a Minister, just two weeks after she was removed from Cabinet.

Ms Curran resigned as the Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media and as Associate Minister for ACC, citing that she had become a distraction for the Government and was experiencing mounting pressure.

“I accept that it was becoming a distraction so I do think she’s made the right call,” the Prime Minister told RadioLIVE.

Ms Curran contacted Ms Ardern on Thursday evening to confirm her wish to resign.

"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.

"I agree with her assessment that resigning is the best course of action for the Government and for her," Ms Ardern said in a statement earlier on Friday.

Ms Ardern told RadioLIVE that Ms Curran was “passionate” in her former role and “worked very hard”.

“But she made mistakes. And she acknowledged those,” Ms Ardern said.

In Parliament on Wednesday Ms Curran struggled to respond to questions from Ms Lee over the use of her personal email address to conduct Government business.

On August 23 she resigned as the Minister for Open Government and Government Digital Services, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern removed her from Cabinet, over her failure to disclose a meeting she held in her Beehive office. 

Before that, she came under fire for failing to disclose a meeting with former RNZ executive Carol Hirschfeld in response to a written parliamentary question.

Minister Kris Faafoi will take over as Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, outside of Cabinet, and Peeni Henare will take over as Associate Minister for ACC.

While Ms Ardern hasn’t planned for a Cabinet reshuffle, she told RadioLIVE that she isn’t necessarily ruling it out.

It appears Ms Curran remain a Labour MP and the MP for Dunedin South. 

Listen to the full interview with Jacinda Ardern above.

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