Clare Curran’s resignation has done real damage to the credibility of both the Prime Minister and the Government and leaves Jacinda Ardern with significant explaining to do, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says.
“The Prime Minister has badly mishandled the Clare Curran saga and needs to explain what she will do to restore confidence in her Government and reassure New Zealanders that this resignation is not an attempt to cover up further wrongdoing.
“Ms Curran has spent months undermining the faith of New Zealanders in the Government and the Prime Minister has let that happen - twice.
“Jacinda Ardern had two chances to show leadership and sack Ms Curran – when she first misled New Zealanders over secret meetings and then when she did it again recently.
“The Prime Minister also needs to explain whether the official emails sent by Ms Curran from her private Gmail account will still be released.
“Ms Curran’s resignation does not change the fact this is official information and there is genuine public interest about the type of work carried out on an unsecure, private email account by a minister.
“Is there information contained in these emails which has forced the resignation of Ms Curran?
“The Prime Minister also needs to explain why she misled New Zealanders this morning by saying Ms Curran’s job was safe when Ms Curran says she resigned last night.
“This whole saga has seriously damaged the credibility of both the Prime Minister and the Government.
“The Prime Minister’s judgement has been called into question and she still has real questions to answer.”