Min­is­te­rial Ser­vices

Taranaki Daily News - - National News -

The Govern­ment has failed to hunt out the per­son who leaked a re­port into an in­ci­dent be­tween dis­graced for­mer min­is­ter Meka Whaitiri and an em­ployee.

The Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs has re­leased the re­sults of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the unau­tho­rised dis­clo­sure of the Pat­ten re­port to the me­dia. It failed to pin­point the leaker but it out­lined ‘‘poor in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity and man­age­ment’’ prac­tices.

NZME re­ported in Septem­ber that a for­mer staff mem­ber was al­legedly left with bruis­ing on her arm fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion with the min­is­ter.

The de­tails came from the leaked re­port of Welling­ton lawyer David Pat­ten, who con­ducted the in­quiry for Min­is­te­rial Ser­vices and found on the bal­ance of prob­a­bil­i­ties that the staff mem­ber’s ver­sion was a more likely ex­pla­na­tion than Whaitiri’s.

Fol­low­ing weeks of in­tense scru­tiny of Whaitiri’s be­hav­iour, Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern re­moved her from her min­is­te­rial roles. While the Govern­ment later re­leased a pub­lic ver­sion of the Pat­ten in­quiry, the PM also ini­ti­ated an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the leak of the un­vet­ted re­port to me­dia.

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