Auckland Transport media release
Auckland Transport (AT) has
concluded its investigation into serious allegations of
conflict of interest and corruption in the Road Corridor
Maintenance area of the business.
This came as the result
of an internal review of procurement and contracting,
initiated by AT. Invoice, contract and other documentation
dating back to when Auckland Transport was formed in 2010
Two senior staff have been dismissed and
Auckland Transport has handed its findings to the Serious
Fraud Office (SFO) which is now undertaking further
As the SFO investigation may involve
employment or legal issues, Auckland Transport is unable say
any more at this
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>