MP Greg O'Connor has apologised "unreservedly" to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern over his comments that the handling of Clare Curran's resignation "could have been done better".
"I don't think anyone will disagree with that. I'll tell you what, it will be done better next time," Mr O'Connor told Newstalk ZB yesterday.
Ms Curran resigned from her remaining Ministerial portfolios last Friday, after being stripped from her roles as Government Digital Services and Open Government responsibilities last month for failing to disclose a meeting for a second time.
However, today Mr O'Connor told media he "got it wrong".
When asked if he had a telling off my the Prime Minister, Mr O’Connor said it would be "fair to say the Prime Minister wasn't happy".
"I wouldn't have been happy either. Yes, I got a telling off. I've learnt my lesson, and I'll continue to learn more."
Ms Ardern said Mr O’Connor apologised "unreservedly".
"As he probably outlined, he said something he shouldn’t have.
"I am happy to take direct feedback from collegues, but that's how it's best placed. It should be direct, to me."