Clare Curran's job not on the line, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says

  • 07/09/2018

UPDATE: Clare Curran has now resigned

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Minister Clare Curran's job is not on the line, and she accepts that members of her Government will have "bad days".

Ms Curran took personal leave from Parliament on Thursday after a shaky performance during Question Time on Wednesday over the use of her personal email address.

"I think she's paid her price. I have huge expectations of my ministers and those in the ministry but I also accept from time to time they will also have bad days," Ms Ardern told Newstalk ZB on Friday morning.

"I have to keep in mind that we do want to make sure that we don't set the bar so high that you can't have a situation where you show a bit of human frailty and lose your job over it."

It's been two weeks since Ms Curran resigned as the Minister for Open Government and Government Digital Services over her failure to disclose a meeting she held in her Beehive office.  She was also kicked out of Cabinet by Ms Ardern.

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.

Ms Curran remains the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media and the Associate Minister for ACC, and she is the MP for Dunedin South.