Revealed: Another Government website bungle reveals proposals to extend Maui dolphins' sanctuaries

Revealed: Another Government website bungle reveals proposals to extend Maui dolphins' sanctuaries
Photo credit: Beehive.govt.nz

The Government has accidentally uploaded details of its announcement the night before it's due to be announced.

Plans to strengthen the protection for Māui and Hector’s dolphins are due to be announced on Monday morning at 9:30am.

However the press release has already been uploaded to the Beehive website.

It’s the second tech bungle by the Government in less than a month following Budget 2019 information being accessed on the Treasury website and released by National two days before scheduled.

Newshub understands press releases cannot be 'pre-uploaded' to the Beehive website and timed to go live later - once they are uploaded they are publicly visible immediately.

This press release was uploaded too soon.

Revealed: Another Government website bungle reveals proposals to extend Maui dolphins' sanctuaries
Photo credit: Beehive.govt.nz

The revised Threat Management Plan for Maui and Hectors dolphins includes a proposal to significantly expand ocean areas where set nets and trawl nets are banned.

The discussion document proposes extending marine mammal sanctuaries on both the west coast of the North Island and at Banks Peninsula in the south.

Revealed: Another Government website bungle reveals proposals to extend Maui dolphins' sanctuaries
Photo credit: Beehive.govt.nz

Maui dolphin tourism could also be curtailed with a proposed moratorium on commercial tourism permits that target the dolphins to minimise the disturbance to from boats.

Maui dolphins are on the edge of extinction with just an estimated 63 dolphins remaining.  

This early release follows Budget 2019 information being accessed on the Treasury website and released by National two days before scheduled.

The State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes is looking into the "adequacy of Treasury policies, systems and processes for managing Budget security".

Last year the Government accidentally revealed details of its dole for apprenticeships scheme when it released a Cabinet paper with redacted, blacked out sections, which were able to be cut and pasted into a Word document revealing the hidden details.

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