2 Jun 2012

Blogger refuses to remove honours list link

7:36 am on 2 June 2012

A blogger is refusing a Government request to take down a link to this year's Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours List.

The list is meant to be kept under wraps until Monday 4 June.

Deputy Secretary of Cabinet Michael Webster says it has asked the person they think is responsible to remove the material but the blogger has refused.

Mr Webster says the department is still looking into the exact cause of how the material was prematurely published online and found by the blogger.

Honours are awarded in New Zealand at New Years and Queen's Birthday to recognise New Zealanders' services to their field or community. The list is sent out early under strict embargo to media organisations.