Inside Parliament: Coulda, shoulda... Wood-a

Fri, Jun 9
Michael Wood.

Michael Wood is a transport minister in limbo. What in the Auckland Airport shareholdings happened? This week, 1News' politics team discuss the fallout from Wood's neglected to do list.

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Woods troubles began on Tuesday, when it was revealed he had not immediately declared shareholdings in Auckland Airport. The National Party highlighted it as a conflict of interest and a breach of Wood's obligations under the Cabinet Manual, which sets out rules for ministers.

Then it was revealed — by Prime Minister Chris Hipkins under intense questioning in the House from National's Nicola Willis — that Wood had been reminded by the Cabinet Office to offload the shares 12 times.

That was after Hipkins had stood Wood down as the transport minister — though Wood remained in Cabinet with other portfolios, such as Immigration.

Wood confirmed yesterday he had sold the shares for about $16,400, which he had donated to charity. Parliament is now conducting its own inquiry into the matter.

He's not the only minister in the dogbox either — Education Minister Jan Tinetti had to face the Privileges Committee this week.

Tinetti had to answer the committee on whether she deliberately misled Parliament by failing to correct a misleading statement — regarding her control over the release of school attendance data — fast enough.

Education Minister Jan Tinetti.

Tinetti told the committee she regretted the "error of judgement" she made in not correcting a false statement to the House, but there was no intention to mislead Parliament.

And on Tuesday, an expert panel released a report with recommendations for electoral reform, including lowering the voting age, lowering the MMP threshold, and capping the value of donations.

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