Monday, 25 September, 2023

New Zealand justice minister quits after car crash

New Zealand justice minister quits after car crash

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New Zealand's justice minister resigned Monday after being charged over a car crash, in a fresh set-back for the government ahead of general elections in October.

Kiritapu 'Kiri' Allan said her position was now "untenable" and she had told Prime Minister Chris Hipkins she was resigning from her position "immediately".

The justice minister was charged with careless use of a motor vehicle and refusing to accompany a police officer after the crash late on Sunday, the prime minister confirmed.

Police also issued an infringement notice to Allan for returning an alcohol breath test that was over the limit, Hipkins said. The minister was briefly held in police custody after the crash.

Further details about the collision were not immediately available.

Allan is the fourth minister to leave cabinet in Hipkins' centre-left government since he replaced Jacinda Ardern as prime minister in January.

New Zealand goes to the polls on October 14.

Opinion polls this month put Hipkins' Labour government just behind the centre-right opposition National Party.

Hipkins told Allan that he did not believe she was in a fit state to be a minister.