More Curran emails, Handley offered job, O’Connor told off

This story keeps on rolling. Clare Curran has admitted ‘there may be more’ emails, and it is claimed that Derek Handley was offered the job of Chief Technology Officer but that was put on hold when the Curran story started coming out.

Stuff:  Clare Curran admits ‘there may be some more’ Derek Handley emails not yet released

Former Communications Minister Clare Curran says there “may be some more” emails between her and job applicant Derek Handley that have not been released.

When Curran was fired from Cabinet she proactively released a chain of emails, texts, and Twitter direct messages between her and Handley setting up the meeting.

But one of Handley’s emails indicates that other communications may have been exchanged, at one point saying he wants to check “one final time” about the meeting and that he appreciates Curran might not have the time to respond to his “emails”.

It’s also not clear where Handley got Curran’s mobile number or got direct instructions on how to access the Beehive after-hours, when the meeting took place.

Asked if she had released all of her emails with Handley on Tuesday, Curran said “there may be some more”.

“They are the full chain of emails that related to the meeting I had with him in February,” Curran said. “There may be some more.”

Curran said she was archiving all of her Gmail messages that were related to ministerial matters and they would be discoverable to journalists under the Official Information Act.

That sounds like an open invitation to journalists to make OIA requests to see the emails.

RNZ:  Clare Curran tells PM she will make Gmails available

Former government minister Clare Curran has assured Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern she is archiving all emails she sent using her personal Gmail account.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today work-related emails on Ms Curran’s G-mail account would be saved as official records and be discoverable under the Official Information Act.

Stuff: Derek Handley was offered CTO job before it was put on hold, says source

Entrepreneur Derek Handley was offered the job of chief technology officer by the Government, according to an informed source, raising the question of whether he could be entitled to compensation if the appointment is not now confirmed.

The recruitment process remains in limbo after former communications minister Clare Curran admitted last month that she had “omitted” to disclose a February meeting with Handley when responding to a written parliamentary question.

Handley was understood to have been selected as the preferred candidate for the $400,000 job as the country’s first national chief technology officer (CTO), but it was not previously clear whether he had actually been offered the role.

An informed source said he had been, but had no information on whether he had then accepted.

The appointment process is believed to have been stopped in the same week that he was due to be announced as the successful candidate.

Meanwhile, Jacinda Ardern scolds Ohariu MP Greg O’Connorfor saying things could have been handled better…

ODT (NZME): MP told off for Curran resignation comments

Labour backbencher Greg O’Connor has received a “stern phone call” from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after criticising her handling of Clare Curran’s resignation.

O’Connor told Heather du Plessis-Allan on NewstalkZB today that Ardern’s handling of Curran’s decision to resign on Friday “could have been done better”.

“Yeah it could have been done better, I don’t think anyone will disagree with that. I’ll tell you what, it will be done better next time,” he said.

A spokesman for Ardern confirmed that Ardern gave O’Connor “a stern phone call” about his comments tonight.

“She has relayed her disappointment to Greg O’Connor around his remarks, and he has affirmed his support and confidence in the Prime Minister,” the spokesman said.

…but separately admits that she could have been handled things better.

RNZ: Lessons to be learned from Curran controversy – Ardern

At her post Cabinet briefing she was asked whether she could have handled the whole situation better.

“I, on reflection, can learn from some of the things along the journey of government. I don’t think you’d want a leader that couldn’t learn from the past.”

I wonder if she told herself off.


  1. Gezza

     /  11th September 2018

    O’Connor conned one vote off me. A mistake that won’t ever be repeated.

    • Maybe he took one for the team…..Labour spin doctors got him to say some minor criticism of Ardern in order to make Ardern look decisive with her ministers when she then ‘told him who’s boss’. Seems an overaction by her and also very convenient when she is getting heavily criticised by the MSM/in social media for weak leadership.

      • Gezza

         /  11th September 2018

        Nope. He’s just thick. As soon as Andy surrendered to the fact he was tanking them in the polls and abjectly handed over the reins to Tractor Girl – he got himself photographed in the Dom gleefully smashing up a Vote For Andy hoarding he’d had erected weeks before. The man’s a full-on old git with no common sense.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  12th September 2018

          JA’s answer told us nothing. It was extremely obviously evasive and vague and shows that she seems to think that we are all stupid and won’t notice that it wasn’t a direct answer.

          Tractor Girl to Private Plane Girl.

          The working class can kiss my arse,
          I’ve got the PM’s job at last.

  2. Gezza

     /  11th September 2018

    I was able to access my work emails from home when I worked in the Public Service.

    I cannot understand why official work-related email communications are even permitted to be done outside the Parliamentary email environment. I wonder if this happens in the Public Service now too.

  3. Blazer

     /  11th September 2018

    God I hope Handley doesn’t get the job.An absolute wideboy imo.

  4. This is really looking dodgy, and might explain Clare’s problems with answers or rather her lack of answers in Parliament. There was an explanation of her behaviour at the time that she was seriously worried with just what National’s Lee knew!
    Highly unlikely I know but you heard it here first, she could be the phantom leaker, plenty of pointers and I bet her phone suddenly get smashed in a freak accident if she was.

    • Gezza

       /  12th September 2018

      She’s a liability. If she gets elected again her electorate needs a remedial learning blitz.

      • Zedd

         /  12th September 2018


        Clare in my local MP.. she may not ‘be perfect’ BUT she is out & about in Sth D & does seem to genuinely engage with the local issues & public concerns !

        Do all other MPs do the same ?
        not what I hear…. 😦

        • Gezza

           /  12th September 2018

          Put her on the council then.
          She shouldn’t be in government. That’s a serious job that requires some clues.

          • Zedd

             /  12th September 2018

            that maybe her next stop ?
            BUT methinks she needs to be allowed to atone… & complete her time as an electorate MP

            btw: how many Natl MPs resigned or were dismissed, during previous Govt. OR does it just get brushed under the carpet, with the current ‘blood in the water’ scenario ?? :/

          • duperez

             /  12th September 2018

            Ah, there’s a challenge! List the MPs, including those in Government over time, who didn’t take it seriously and hadn’t a clue. And maybe then those who were serious but hadn’t a clue. 😊

            • one criteria for being an electorate MP.. win the popular vote from your electorate; voters.. Clare has done that.. several times now

              Its called ‘Democracy’ I think ??? :/

            • Gezza

               /  12th September 2018

              She spent most of her time in Opposition. The limited & disaster-prone time she spent as a Cabinet Minister in this coaltion showed up in stark relief just how stupid, incompetent – and possibly even unethical – she actually is. If she’s still the electorate MP after the next election it will be because the electorate is un-discerning and tribal.

            • ‘If she’s still the electorate MP after the next election it will be because the electorate is un-discerning and tribal.’ sez gezza

              OR because the folks in Dunedin prefer Labour OR maybe she hasnt stepped down & been replaced ?
              >Just ask M Woodhouse 😀

            • Gezza

               /  12th September 2018

              If they party vote Labour they prefer Labour. If they vote Curran as electorate MP they’re un-discerning and tribal. She’s an idiot.

  5. Zedd

     /  12th September 2018

    Im guessing Clare is not the only MP who uses ‘gmail’ or similar.. perhaps their personal & work emails do get mixed.. occasionally ?
    echoes of Hillary…

    ‘who let the dogs out ?’

  6. listening to the General debate.. a few drops of ‘blood in the water’ & the ravenous sharks (Natl) cant help but circle.. looking to spill more or maybe strike a deadly blow (in their minds.. at least) 😦 😦

    • Gezza

       /  12th September 2018

      Labour incompetents spent 9 years trying to bite National and get some blood in the water. In the end they were just drowning themselves until Winston invited the teenager with the bikini onto his boat & said she and a few of her dopey friends could fish from there as long as they gave him the pick of the catch. Or he’d turf them back into the sea.