NZ’s health minister resigns after lockdown slip-ups

WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s health minister, David Clark, resigned on Thursday, following a backlash over the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and his breach of the lockdown.

Clark was already under a cloud after breaking lockdown in April and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who faces an election in September, admitted his presence had become a distraction.

"It’s essential our health leadership has the confidence of the New Zealand public," she said.

"As David has said to me, the needs of the team must come before him as an individual." - AFP