Rt Hon John Key
21 March 2012 Media Statement
Prime Minister accepts Minister’s resignation
Prime Minister John Key said today he had accepted with sadness the resignation of Dr Nick Smith from his Ministerial
The resignation follows questions about Dr Smith’s judgement in supporting an ACC claimant while he was Minister during
the previous term.
“It is important that Ministers are seen to actively manage both real and perceived conflicts of interest in the
exercise of their duties,” says Mr Key.
“I have always expected high standards from my Ministers - and I will continue to do so.
“Dr Smith has been a hard-working and diligent Minister, but perceptions do matter and he knows he has let himself down.
“I am very disappointed to have lost such a capable Minister. Dr Smith has made a huge contribution to the National
Party and to this Government.
“Dr Smith did excellent work in the climate change issues, local government and environment portfolios. His obvious
expertise in these, and other, complex areas will continue to be valued by our Caucus.”
The following Ministers will act in portfolios previously held by Dr Smith: Gerry Brownlee in Local Government, Craig
Foss in Climate Change Issues and Chris Finlayson in Environment.