Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
MP for Mt Albert
20 September 2018
Meka Whaitiri removed as a Minister
Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today.
The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka
Whaitiri and one of her staff.
“While the facts are in dispute, the report says an incident occurred. Meka Whaitiri continues to contest details of the
incident, but there are elements which are agreed,” Jacinda Ardern said.
“For privacy reasons I don’t wish to divulge further details of the investigators report as it is an employment matter
and protecting the privacy of the staff member involved is paramount to me.
“Based on the context and conclusions of the report, I no longer have confidence in Meka Whaitiri as a Minister at this
time, and that is why I have taken the action I have.” Jacinda Ardern said.
Meka Whaitiri was stood aside from her portfolios on 30 August while the investigation was undertaken.
Kris Faafoi will retain the role of Minister of Customs and Meka Whaitiri’s Associate Minister responsibilities will sit
with the lead portfolio ministers. There are no plans to undertake a Cabinet reshuffle.