1 Feb 2024

SmokeFree Minister facing calls to be sacked

From Checkpoint, 5:08 pm on 1 February 2024

The country's SmokeFree minister is facing calls to be sacked, with the Labour Party questioning the newbie MP's integrity.

Casey Costello, who is a New Zealand First MP and Associate Health Minister, is feeling the heat after she told RNZ she had not specifically sought advice on freezing tobacco tax at all.

That's despite documents showing she did ask for advice from officials and RNZ has today revealed more information about that correspondence.

Deputy political editor Craig McCulloch reports.