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Kiri Allan crash and arrest: Government won’t say who pays, cites privacy

From NZHerald

The Government is refusing to confirm whether taxpayer money will be forked out to pay for damages after Kiri Allan’s car crash on Sunday night, citing privacy.

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) also declined to comment on whether insurance would cover the costs, given Allan was over the legal breath alcohol limit at the time of the crash.

She was also issued an infringement notice for having excess breath alcohol between 250 and 400mcg.

A resident on the street where the crash happened described seeing the now-former Cabinet minister in the vehicle perpendicular to the road.

The resident said he peered out the window after hearing a bang.

“It was a good thump. I mean, it pushed the ute forward about three metres,” he said.

“The car was perpendicular to the road, and kind of blocked one lane, and it was kind of over the centre line from the other side, so it was a bit of a traffic hazard.”

A photo taken in the aftermath shows Allan’s vehicle on an angle, in the middle of the road, with the headlights pointing in the direction of the ute she had just crashed into.

The ute had damage to a rear right panel and a flattened tyre.

The Herald asked the DIA whether insurance would cover the cost of the crash, given Allan was over the drink-driving limit at the time, whether the Government would foot the bill for the damage to both vehicles, and what the estimated cost would be.

The Insurance Council of NZ declined to comment on Allan’s specific case. Generally, however, policies for motor insurers show anyone under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicating substance; over the legal breath or blood alcohol limit; or failing to stop or fleeing the scene of an accident.

Policies also do not cover a person if they refuse or fail to take an alcohol or drug test when lawfully required to do so by police.

Insurance companies including AA, State, Tower, and AMI declare on their websites that damage for incidents won’t be covered under the policy if the driver is under the influence of alcohol or over the legal breath or blood alcohol limit.

Allan this week announced she was surrendering her portfolios and would not be standing in this year’s election after the incident on the weekend.

She was arrested on Sunday evening following a crash between her ministerial vehicle and another car on Evans Bay Parade in Roseneath, Wellington.

A statement from police, which did not name Allan, said a person had been charged with careless use of a motor vehicle and refusing to accompany a police officer.

A DIA spokeswoman said in a statement they do not release specific information on vehicles driven by ministers “to protect the privacy of individuals.

“Any person entitled to the use of a self-drive vehicle must comply with the department’s safe driving policy. They must also comply with all relevant legislation, including the Land Transport Act 1998.”

When the Herald asked how information about the use of taxpayer money for a crash could breach privacy, the spokeswoman reiterated the earlier statement and invoked section 9(2)(a) of the Official Information Act.

The legislation allows Government departments to withhold official information from the public if it is necessary to “protect the privacy of natural persons”.

According to a guide to privacy by the Ombudsman, the release of official information may affect the privacy of individuals where it would reveal their personal information or intrude in some way on their privacy, including by affecting their dignity or mental or emotional well-being, damaging their reputation, or by exposing them to unwanted contact or attention.

Section 9(2)(a) is also subject to the public interest test, meaning agencies should consider whether the public interest overrides the interests of privacy.

Public interest considerations should include how agencies spend public money, the Ombudsman said.

According to Parliamentary written questions, there were 22 incidents involving ministerial self-drive vehicles between 2020 and 2022 inclusive. A minister was driving the vehicle in 20 of those incidents, and the driver was found to be at fault in 15 of them. In those cases, the Government paid $1000 for the insurance excess, to a total of $15,000.

 

In 2 years Labour Ministers have crashed taxpayer’s cars 22 times. If they cannot even drive properly, is it any wonder the country is in the shit

The taxpayers should not be paying these bills. These ministers get $300K + a year. Let them pay for their own mistakes.

19 COMMENTS

    • Were they all pissed //// “Don’t you know who I am”, love it!!
      You wouldn’t want to be the sober one, would you!
      Getting your pissed mates to put the blame on you?
      How many ministers have a free car and 15 crashed because they were pissed //////

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    • The owner of the ute says it was the equivalent of nearly a whole parking space. She must have hit it hard at the rear (perhaps toward the right side of the rear) and somehow spun out onto the road into the car’s final resting space. It is hard to visualize how it happened. Taking up howitis’ comment above, it is quite a good advert for both vehicles.

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      • She hasn’t hit the ute full on. The damage suggests that she’s drifted into the parked Mazda but I’d put good money on the likelihood that she was doing well over 50kph.

        But the use of “perpendicular” in the witness’s statement grates. In a geometric sense it may be correct but in normal usage it means “standing at right angles to the plane of the horizon : exactly upright”.

        Even Kiri, on a particularly bad hair day, would be challenged to park the electric shitheap upright at 90 degrees to the road!

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        • Then she took to her heels and run down the road 500 metres and hidout in the park thinking no one would see her. She must have opened her mouth and the white teeth sone out or the dog smelt her out and bit her on the arse then the police Ubered her to Hospital! I think the police knew whole she was as soon as first cop radioed the rego number. Unless all the ministers cars have a secert sign on them. Maybe a glow in the dark sticker.
          Don’t you just love the incompetence of our MP’s. You can makeup a whole lot of shit and it’s never far from truth.

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  1. Wonder if the Justice Dept lady whose ute got ramraided was one of the ones who complained about kiri allans poor work practices //// and the ramraid was payback!
    Media asking the question was she alone?
    3hrs from flight. Enough time for a quick takaway diner!

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