With the Government’s openness and transparency under attack, new Minister Clare Curran has had a busy first few months. She tells Shane Cowlishaw how she plans to shake-up both her own colleagues and the broadcasting sector she is now responsible for.
On the surface, RNZ has had a banner year, with record audience numbers and the end of a funding freeze for the public broadcaster. However, a leaked internal document reveals staff concerns about a culture of “fear, division and mistrust”, as Sam Sachdeva writes.
Paula Bennett put her hand up to stand in the new Upper Harbour electorate after her Waitakere seat was dismembered in draft boundary changes, David Cunliffe released documents showing the risk of a deep sea oil drilling accident and a review of pokie machines in pubs and clubs was announced.