As part of the deal, the Judicial Review of the sacking will be withdrawn, and there will be full disclosure of all documents surrounding the sacking. Keeping Stock wonders what Cunners' reaction to the latter will be, given that it is his credibility on the line.
According to the Dom-Post, Ryall's actions have been very favourably received in the Hawke's Bay, now a National Party stronghold thanks to Cunners:
Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott and Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule said they were delighted with the decision. "The people of Hawke's Bay will welcome this result as it avoids a costly court case and is the remedy that the councils were seeking," the mayors said. Former chairman Kevin Atkinson said yesterday that board members welcomed their reinstatement "and effective exoneration".
Board members felt it "fully justifies the unprecedented action taken by the five Hawke's Bay councils on behalf of the community to challenge former minister Cunliffe's decision to dismiss the board," Mr Atkinson said.
"The former board was always confident that an unbiased review of the facts under the judicial review sought by the five councils would reverse the injustice imposed on our community.
"Minister Cunliffe's unbalanced attack on the reputation of the former board members and the statements made by him under the protection of parliamentary privilege were reprehensible, as were those statements made by a number of people giving him advice at the time of the board's dismissal."
And what of Chris Clarke, the DHB's CEO (and former staffer of Helen Clark)? The Dom-Post reports that he is looking forward to "moving on". Keeping Stock ventures to suggest that moving on might involve an updated CV, letters of application, and a new role where he will have to progress on merit, and not rely on political patronage.