The Green Party has released email correspondence showing that Steven Joyce lied on TVNZ's Close Up show last night when he said, "I have not had a single request of my office or of the Ministry for any briefing from any opposition politician whatsoever."
"The Green Party did seek a briefing on the Rena situations directly from Steven Joyce. He lied when he said we hadn't," said Green Party oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes.
"We even received a response from Steven Joyce's office saying they had referred our briefing request to Maritime New Zealand.
"Our attempts to receive a briefing started on Friday when we unsuccessful tried to get hold of Maritime New Zealand to request a briefing for when I was in Tauranga on Saturday.
The Green Party is concerned that Steven Joyce may also be lying about other aspects of the salvage and clean-up operation.
"Locals have raised serious concerns about the lack of communication. It would be worrying if the little information they are getting is inaccurate," said Mr Hughes.
"Now is not the time to mislead the public. There is a serious ecological matter that needs dealing with that requires honesty and transparency from the Minister."