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Parata backtracks on statement

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Latest Political News | Wednesday March 27 2013 11:15

Parata backtracks on statement

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The resignation of former Education Secretary Lesley Longstone continues to cast a long shadow over the Education Minister.

Hekia Parata was forced to head to Parliament five minutes before it rose late last night to correct a statement she had made earlier.

Labour's Chris Hipkins had asked the minister whether the State Services Commissioner had consulted her on the resignation at the end of last year, and Ms Parata told him she hadn't been consulted.

Just before 10pm, Hekia Parata returned to the debating chamber and admitted her initial answer was wrong.

Mr Hipkins says it defies belief that a minister would forget something as important as being consulted on the resignation of the head of her department.

Hekia Parata - Getty Images

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