Minister Clare Curran of the cabinet was not transparent about the use of her personal e-mail account for official government affairs, says national MP Melissa Lee.
Yesterday, the broadcasting minister in Parliament struggled with answering questions from Mrs. Lee about what she used her Gmail account for.
Mrs. Lee asked, "What governmental activities did she carry out through her Gmail account?"
Ms Curran seemed to stumble through the answer and, to her great surprise, said she had answered parliamentary questions correctly.
She said when she had used the bill she had kept as a minister to her obligations.
Ms. Lee told me this morning Morning report she did not think that Mrs Curran was transparent about the use of her personal e-mail account for official public company.
She accepted that ministers would have personal e-mail accounts, but assumed that if they were used for official cases, there would be a process to declare that or be transparent.
"If she uses that e-mail account to do official business, government affairs, she has to be very clear about what she has done, what correspondence she actually had and she has to explain it and she does not," said Lee. .
Mrs. Curran was not available for comment this morning.
All official information is covered by the official information law, so any company that is routed via Gmail or other platforms falls within the scope.
At the end of last month, Ms Curran was removed from the cabinet and stood alongside the government services of Digital Services and Open Government after she had failed to include a meeting in February in her diary and then could not include it in a written parliamentary question.
That meeting was with tech entrepreneur Derek Handley about the role of the chief technology officer of the government.
Mrs. Curran was also in hot water above one [ttps://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/353595/broadcasting-minister-apologises-over-hirschfeld-meet meeting with RNZ’s former head of news Carol Hirschfeld].