8 things that mattered this week
Questions of party bias were aimed at RNZ's board chair as executives were grilled in select committee over a scandal that still has legs. Thomas Coughlan had tickets to the action.
In the space of a few hours, the heads of two Crown Entities reappeared before select committees to correct or clear up misunderstandings largely created by their new ministers. The unusual scenes cap a difficult month for the Government as it tries to escape the mire of bad news it has found itself stuck in.
Broadcasting and communications minister Clare Curran has again found herself in hot water after it emerged that she contacted RNZ Chair Richard Griffin last week about correcting an inaccurate claim Griffin made in select committee. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it would have been preferable if someone else had contacted Griffin.
Back by popular demand, here's the 8 things that mattered in our political economy in the (short) week that was, along with Weekend Reads at bottom.
Carol Hirschfeld's departure has rocked RNZ. Tensions over how a new $38 million pot of money might be spent rippled underneath the surprise resignation. Thomas Coughlan reports.
In today's email we caught up on the latest from in and around the Beehive.
In this morning's email we learn that, while we were sleeping, Donald Trump fired the first shots in a potential trade war that could see New Zealand stuck between the opposing sides.
Radio New Zealand has downplayed hopes it will use a planned funding boost to launch a stand-alone television station. Thomas Coughlan reports from a combative select committee hearing where National MPs accused RNZ of being politically biased.
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.