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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