New Zealand minister offers to resign after evading airport security

Prime Minister expressed his disappointment in the Minister.

New Zealand’s Transport Minister, Gerry Brownlee, on Thursday, offered to resign from his post after bypassing domestic airport security checks while rushing to catch a plane back to the capital.

According to a statement, Mr. Gerry and two members of his staff had entered the departure gate lounge at Christchurch Airport through a door normally used as an exit, to avoid mandatory x-ray and security checks.

The Prime Minister, John Key, told journalists that he was disappointed by Mr. Brownlee’s actions but would not accept his offer to resign.

“While he was obviously in a hurry, lots of people are in a hurry and that is not an excuse. He has made a stupid mistake. He has apologised and taken full responsibility, as he should,” Mr. Key said.

In his apology, Mr. Brownlee called his actions “thoughtless.”

Report says Mr. Brownlee, in his role as Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister, flies frequently between the South Island city of Christchurch, which remains badly damaged after the 2011 earthquakes and Wellington.

(dpa/NAN)


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  • sirjoka

    He calls himself an analyst, but his a bigot. His hatred is clear for all to see

  • Jika

    Bull crap.This guy is an irredeemable bigot parading himself as an analyst and a public commentator.Mr Aribisala,you have an exaggerated feeling of self worth,an over bloated ego.My humble opinion is that you are an inconsistent attention seeking writer who is always whipping up sentiments to further polarize the country along primordial lines instead of writing to unite the people.

    • justice

      Its strange how you feigned ignorance to issues raised by Femi but resorted to cheap name calling. Address the issue he raised otherwise stay away if you have nothing to offer.

      • Jika

        You are within your rights to pick issues with what I have said regarding the article in question.I am however not sure wether you have any right to ask me or any one else for that matter to stay away from public forum unless of course if you also one of those with high level of arrogance.
        As far as I am concerned there are no issues to be addressed from that article simply because of the antecedents of the author which I have mentioned in my first post above.

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          Death to buharam death to fulanis and death to petty liberal bourgeois and micro-apologist like you ! Insha Allah the fulani barbarism will be resisted and defeated and wiped off the surface of the earth ! This is the bamaguje promise ! Lai la ila ila Muhammad la suru lai !

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      Hypocrisy one more time. Mohammed Haruna isn’t a bigot. Adamu Adamu isn’t a bigot. Muhammad al-Ghazali isn’t a bigot. Sanusi Abubakar is not a bigot. It is only Femi Aribisala that is a bigot. Hypocrites.

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