Revealed: Text messages between Carol Hirschfeld, Clare Curran

The texts exchanged between Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran and former Radio New Zealand head of news Carol Hirschfeld have been released.

The messages were sent ahead of a meeting at Astoria Cafe on December 5, which has resulted in political fallout for Ms Curran and Ms Hirschfeld resigning from her job.

The texts show that the meeting was planned over one month in advance.

Ms Hirschfeld had repeatedly assured RNZ chief executive Paul Thompson that the meeting was coincidental, but conceded on Sunday that it was pre-arranged.

The misleading information caused Mr Thompson to unintentionally mislead Parliament during a select committee, and Ms Hirschfeld announced her resignation on Tuesday. 

RNZ's protocol is for meetings between the broadcaster and Ministers to be arranged through the chair or chief executive.

The texts were released by Ms Curran's office under the Official Information Act on Wednesday morning. 

Revealed: Text messages between Carol Hirschfeld, Clare Curran
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Revealed: Text messages between Carol Hirschfeld, Clare Curran
Photo credit: Supplied
Revealed: Text messages between Carol Hirschfeld, Clare Curran
Photo credit: Supplied

"I haven't tried to hide the fact that I had a meeting with Carol Hirschfeld," Ms Curran said on Wednesday morning.

"We discussed the future of the media and the Government's plans at a high level, and it was just at a high level."

She said the RNZ board and CEO were not discussed during the meeting.

Ms Curran said she initially considered the meeting to be an informal breakfast, and that's why she didn't think to mention it in response to a written question from the National Party.

She said when she realised it was considered an official meeting she immediately corrected Parliament's record, and said it was a mistake. 

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