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Wednesday October 10, 2018 Published in Smoke Signals


It seems beyond unbelievable that a civil servant who has been suspended twice from his position as secretary of Marine Resources, should now be appointed to run the Office of the Prime Minister.

One of his suspensions followed an embarrassing incident at an Auckland hotel and as a result Ben Ponia was apparently barred from travelling on official business for three months. We don’t know what brought about the second suspension because, as usual, the Public Service Commissioner has been fobbing off questions for months and won’t comment. However, at the time, the PM is said to have been very angry about the incident. So what brought about this enormous change of heart?

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