And thank goodness he is gone. I can't think of a single good thing Nick Smith has done. Amongst engineers he is lauded for his work on the law reforming the recognition of professional engineering, via the Chartered Professional Engineers Act, but even that was a piece of crap.
His indiscretions, as a Minister, come down two possibilities. Either he did not know sending the letters in question was wrong, or he knew and did it anyway. One is woefully ignorant, the other is blatantly corrupt. Either way, he had to go.
(photo credit - Otago Daily Times)