New Zealand Health Minister David Clark called himself “an idiot” Tuesday after he violated the country’s strict coronavirus lockdown laws and took his family on a beach excursion.

However he will keep his job after his resignation offer was rejected by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Herald reported. Clark has already come under fire for driving about two miles last week to go for a mountain bike ride.

The left-wing NZ Labour Party member admitted the trip was a clear breach of the country’s lockdown rules and conceded his position meant he should have been setting an example.


People are starting to act even more weird.

Under level 4 lockdown, which New Zealanders have been under for nearly two weeks, Kiwis cannot leave their homes except for essential supplies such as food or medicine, and could only take brief bouts of exercise in their local area.

“At a time when we are asking New Zealanders to make historic sacrifices, I’ve let the team down,” he said in a statement.

“I’ve been an idiot and I understand why people will be angry with me.”

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