This is the interesting question being posed by Richard Harman at Politik (paid access).
The basis of his claim is that on Monday night Boag texted him seeking Politik’s email address. He then received an email from Auckland PR consultant, Julie Landry, who is the PR representative for Derek Handley as well as a file of Handley’s email and text exchanges with Clare Curran and Ardern. Derek Handley has refused to deny that Boag is helping him.
This adds an interesting complication to the matter although I am still full of a sense of Meh.
As I am by the revelations in this morning’s Herald. Lucy Bennett reported as follows:
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took a close interest in the government’s chief technology officer recruitment, receiving updates on the process from then Digital Services Minister Clare Curran, documents show.
The Government has today released a large tranche of documents related to the botched recruitment of entrepreneur Derek Handley for the role of government chief technology officer.
Handley will receive $107,000 in compensation after being offered the CTO role, only for the position to be scrapped before he started.
The files also show that Handley met with a senior Labour Party official, and had contact with the Prime Minister’s office, last year.
The Whatsapp exchange shows the Prime Minister took an active interest in the appointment and was across the detail.
The document dump also shows that as far back as November last year, Handley was in touch with Ardern and offering his services.
What revelations, someone with IT industry experience offered to help the Government, Ardern was across the detail and receiving updates on what one of her Ministers was doing and Nigel Haworth met with the person offering to help the Government. And Ardern knew Handley. It is New Zealand. Everyone knows everyone.
Meanwhile Simon Bridges thinks that heaven is shining its favour on National and took joy at the number of supposed scandals facing the Government. I take it that if the economy crashed he would wet his pants. I bet he is deeply disappointed that business confidence has recently rebounded.
And what is it with National using biblical references and shoring up its country boy shooter support this week?