A staffer seconded to work with Cabinet Minister Kiritapu Allan chose to leave early because of concerns about “working relationships” in the office.
Cabinet minister Kiri Allan is rejecting the description of events provided by the head of the Department of Conservation (DOC) over claims of a breakdown in the relationship with staff.
DOC director-general Penny Nelson in a statement on Wednesday confirmed reports a staff member had ended their secondment to Allan’s office early more than a year ago, because working relationships were “not running as smoothly” as they might.
Nelson said it was bad enough that she discussed it with Internal Affairs, which manages Ministerial Services, but no further concerns were brought to her attention and she believed relationships had improved.
The prime minister’s office said no formal complaints and no further issues had been raised after work was done to improve the situation.
What Kiri Allan forgets to mention, and most bullies do this, is that maybe, just maybe, the reason why she has not had any formal complaints is because the staff members are afraid of her.
There is plenty more to come on this if my sources are to be believed and there has been quite a bit of lying going on around who knew what, and when. The claims of no “formal complaint” will likely be seen for the lies they were when the documents start dropping.
That’s why I believe that this has all the hallmarks of a slow-moving scandal that will come to its inevitable conclusion when Chris Hipkins accepts another minister’s resignation.
Right now, though, all these scandals are creating an impression that this Labour Government is no longer fit to govern.
Cam Slater is a New Zealand-based blogger, best known for his role in Dirty Politics and publishing the Whale Oil Beef Hooked blog, which operated from 2005 until it closed in 2019. This article was first published HERE