Senior RNZ news executive Carol Hirschfeld stepped down on Tuesday after admitting she misled RNZ's chief executive Paul Thompson about a meeting she had with Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran late last year.
Staff at the broadcaster are expected to maintain independence by avoiding private talks with politicians. To add to that, RNZ is in line for a significant funding boost from the new government to expand its operations into television. So is this now in jeopardy?
For more on what this means for RNZ and the political fallout we talk to Colin Peacock of RNZ's Mediawatch programme and media trainer to politicians Bill Ralston.