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Kiri Allan apologises for comments made at RNZ farewell function

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Allan is the Minister for Justice and Minister for Regional Development.

Speaking at a function at state propaganda unit RNZ to farewell her partner Mani Dunlop, Allan criticised the organisation for its culture and treatment of Maori staff. According to media reports the comments were prefaced by a disclaimer they were made ‘off the record’ and in Allan’s capacity as Dunlop’s partner.

Dunlop had been at RNZ for 11 years where she had most recently presented the Midday Report. She resigned after missing out on the chance to present the station’s ‘flagship’ programme, the Morning Report.

The Cabinet Manual states:

‘ministers must conduct themselves at all times in the knowledge that their role is a public one,’ and must ‘exercise a professional approach and good judgement in their interactions with the public and officials, and in all their communications, personal and professional.’

Section 13 of the Radio New Zealand Act 1995 says, ‘no responsible Minister or any other Minister… may give direction to the public radio company in respect of a “a particular programme or a particular allegation or a particular complaint.’

Allan issued an apology by public statement today she said she spoke in her ‘personal capacity, ;but I absolutely acknowledge and accept that I am a senior government minister, and as such that “there is not such a delineation in terms of public perception While I don’t have ministerial responsibility for the Media and Broadcasting portfolio, I sincerely apologise if any of my comments or reflections said at Māni’s farewell made any person feel uncomfortable.

‘On reflection, I also accept that it could have been interpreted as me telling RNZ how to manage their staff or company. That was not my intent and it is certainly not my job.

‘My sole intention was to speak on behalf of Māni’s family.

Allan has apologised to Prime Minister Chris Hipkins, with the PM’s Office issuing a statement saying, ‘in this instance it would have been better if Kiri, given her ministerial position, had chosen not to take the opportunity to speak.’

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  1. When Allan had cancer, she got the best of everything due to being Maori, LGBT, politically far left, and a globalists who hates the traditional structure of a conservative Kiwi family.
    My wife died as a result of Labour’s policies that led to lockdowns, cancellations of cancer appointments and treatments, and they globally, systematically destroyed small businesses.
    Even though Labour will be gone for the extensive damage that they have caused, what comes in may be just as bad or worse!

    • I am sorry for your loss. A friend of 35 years passed away with Cancer in February ’21. I suspect something similar. I never found out until days before she died. I was in a different country. You have my sympathy.

      Both My Ani and Kiri have had opportunities most could only dream of. To expect everything is very selfish and to have made a fuss is extremely poor taste and bad judgment. I think you might be right. Flippy flop sez polliticians lie.

  2. I reckon Kiri Allan has now opened her mouth before engaging what little brain she has by critisising RNZ treatment of maori reporters. She, like Marama Davidson should be on her way out the door. It does not matter what the event, she is still a senior minister and should know when to keep her mouth shut, but being one of the maori caucus first fifteen just couldn’t resist playing the race card.With the debacle of out of control MPs Hipkins should very soon follow. The racism and contempt for the electorate by government ministers is becoming more obvious by the day. Any hint of leadership has been getting worse over the labour/green cult’s term in government to the stage where it is now non-existent.
    This bunch of numpties in power at the moment are making the country look like a real basket case.

  3. Look, if someone has, or has had cancer right, they SHOULD be allowed to lie ..like it’s fair enough given the circumstances.
    Same for criminals who murder someone, if they have, or have had cancer, then they deserve ‘kindness’ and a lessor sentence of community service, rather than a custodial or heavy fine sentence, right??

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