ACC Minister Judith Collins' defamation action against
Labour MPs Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little has been settled
following a hearing in the High Court at Auckland today.
Ms Collins initiated the defamation case against the pair
after comments they made on Radio New Zealand linking her to
the leak of an email from former National Party President
Michelle Boag. The email identified Bronwyn Pullar as the
woman at the centre of a massive privacy breach at ACC.
In a statement today following their meeting, the three
parliamentarians said they agreed "the leak of the email Ms
Boag sent to the minister and forwarded on her instructions
as the responsible minister to the chairman and chief
executive of ACC raised an issue of serious public concern,
and that Messrs Mallard and Little were entitled to question
who was responsible for that leak.
"The parties continue to differ over whether the comments
made by Messrs Mallard and Little respectively on Radio NZ
implied the minister falsely assured the House that neither
she nor her office was responsible for the leak.
"Messrs Mallard and Little have confirmed to Ms Collins that
was not their intention, and wish to make that clear publicly
that in the event such meaning was taken, they regret it."
In the statement, the three politicians said they would make
no further comment.
- By Adam Bennett of the NZ Herald