The Queen's Birthday Honours List is due to be released at the weekend. Unfortunately, due to a SNAFU at Internal Affairs, it was briefly published yesterday; the Herald reports:
A staff member from the Department of the Prime Minister has accidentally published online an embargoed list of Queen's Birthday Honours winners.
In a statement this afternoon a department spokesman said the list was published on a distribution website, which is accessible to the public.
"The list was inadvertently made briefly available on our media distribution website, but has now been removed from the site,'' the spokesman said.
APNZ understands a staff member from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet used the database website Media People NZ to send the embargoed list of honours winners to media organisations across the country this morning.
The list, which is embargoed until Monday, was accidentally published on the Media People website because an option not to post the media release online was not selected.
But we can't help but wonder; if a Cabinet Minister from the Clark government was to receive a titular honour (we're trying to be gender-neutral here) from the Queen after Labour voted to adopt a New Zealand based Honours regime, distant from Buckingham Palace, wouldn't that be rather...ahem...inconsistent?