Acting State Services Minister Grant Robertson told the House the following about three exchanges between the pair about the role.
"Derek Handley emails Clare Curran about the chief technology officer position and questions about the role of the CTO, including resourcing for the role and potential conflicts of interest."
"Clare Curran replies to that email, confirming a call to discuss these matters."
"Derek Handley replies to that, confirming times for the call."
"Clare Curran emails Derek Handley regarding logistics around the next step on the process of appointment, including the content of any public statements that might be made, and refers to contract discussions with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)."
"Derek Handley responds to that email to Clare Curran about those issues, including the contact he has had with DIA and management of conflicts of interest."
"Clare Curran emails Derek Handley regarding issues that would be on the work plan of the chief technology officer and attaches some relevant background documents on those issues.
"On the same day, Derek Handley responds to Clare Curran, acknowledging the material and referring to the discussions that he is having with DIA."
Derek Handley says he’ll donate the compensation but is disappointed at the way the issue was handled.
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The chief technology officer was intended to "drive a forward-looking digital agenda for New Zealand", said the then Minister for Government Digital Services Clare Curran, when the role was announced last December.
The new Minister for Government Digital Services Megan Woods said the Government have put a "full stop" on the process.
Ms Curran was stripped of her position as Minister for Government Digital Services after not disclosing a meeting with Mr Handley previously.
A heated debate in Parliament over a stretch of road near Tauranga ended with the Transport Minister being asked to commit to driving the road himself.
State Highway 2 between Katikati and Tauranga has seen numerous serious crashes and deaths.
In the last six years to March 2018, 21 people have been killed on the 37-kilometre stretch of road between Katikati and Tauranga.
In Question Time today, National MP Jami-Lee Ross asked Mr Twyford: "Why did he make the funding decision to reduce the State highway improvement budget... a project that would have saved lives on a stretch of road that has seen 86 serious and death crashes in the recent past years?"
Mr Twyford rejected that he made the decision, and said he agreed "with the people of Tauranga that we need to fix the bloody road, the number of crashes is unacceptable".
"We are investing $65 million right now on State Highway 2 between Waihī and Ōmokoroa to make this stretch of road safer."
Hundreds of campaigners marched across Wairoa Bridge today.
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It comes after protesters blocked part of the road in Tauranga on the weekend, calling for major safety upgrades.
Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller asked the Minister to commit to driving from Ōmokoroa to Tauranga, "to experience first-hand that road, like my constituents do every day?"
"I can't commit to that," Mr Twyford said. "Because I am busy making sure that the Transport Agency... gets on with re-evaluating that project so that we can make the safety improvements on that highway that that Government failed to do over nine years and has spent the last nine months scaremongering about."
$100 million will be spent on safety between Waihi and Omokoroa, but protesters say a four-lane highway must be built.
The Transport Minister agreed it needs to be fixed, as National’s Todd Muller challenged the Minister "to experience the road first-hand".
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