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The details of the e-mail exchange between the former Digital Services Ministers Clare Curran and Derek Handley were announced today during Question Time at Parliament.

The messages were sent through the position of chief technology officer, with Ms. Curran using her private Gmail account to send the e-mails.

Acting Foreign Minister Grant Robertson told the House about three exchanges between the couple about the role.

"Derek Handley emailed Clare Curran about the position of the chief technology officer and questions about the role of the CTO, including resourcing for the role and potential conflicts of interest."

"Clare Curran answers that e-mail and confirms a call to discuss these matters."

"Derek Handley answers this and confirms the times for the call."

"Clare Curran e-mails Derek Handley about logistics in the next step of the nomination process, including the content of public statements that can be made, and refers to contract discussions with the Interior Ministry (DIA)."

"Derek Handley responds to that email to Clare Curran on those issues, including the contact he had with DIA and the management of conflicts of interest."

"Clare Curran emails Derek Handley about issues that would be on the chief technology officer's work plan and adds some relevant background documents on these issues.

"On the same day, Derek Handley reacts to Clare Curran, recognizes the material and refers to the discussions he conducts with DIA."

Derek Handley says he will donate the compensation, but is disappointed with the way the problem has been dealt with.

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The chief technology officer was meant to "make a forward-looking digital agenda for New Zealand," said the then government minister for digital services, Clare Curran, when the role was announced last December.

The new minister for digital government services Megan Woods said the government has completely stopped the process.

Ms Curran was denied her position as minister of digital public services after she had not previously announced a meeting with Mr Handley.

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