Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Outcome of investigation into complaint from SSC

Assistant Commissioner (Investigations) Richard Chambers:

A Police investigation into a complaint made by the State Services Commissioner in December 2018 has been completed.

The complaint centred around allegations that employees of Thompson and Clark Investigations Limited had attended and unlawfully recorded closed meetings intended for Southern Response Earthquake Services claimants.

The complaint alleged actions could amount to offending under:

i) The Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010
ii) s216B of the Crimes Act 1961.

Matters relating to the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010 were investigated by the Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority, which has the legislated responsibility and jurisdiction under this legislation.

The Authority investigation found that TCIL did not breach the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010, nor was it guilty of misconduct.

Police investigated issues relating to the Crimes Act 1961.

The Police investigation included:

- A review of documents provided by the Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority
- A review of documents and recording provided by the State Services Commission
- A review of information gathered during the 2018 Police investigation into use of external security consultants
- Police interview of the contractor who attended and recorded some of the meetings at the centre of the complaint.

After thorough consideration of all the information available to the investigation team, police have determined that there was no evidence found of criminal offending or unlawful conduct of any nature.

In particular, the recording of meeting proceedings by the TCIL contractor did not constitute the unlawful interception of private communications for the following reasons:

• The conversations recorded by the contractor were not ‘private’ within the meaning of the Crimes Act, as there was no reasonable expectation of privacy by any party, and accordingly the knowledge or consent of any other meeting participant was not required;
• The contractor was a party to any communications during the meetings, as they were a member of the audience at those meetings and had paid for a ticket to attend in the same way as other participants;
• The contractor did not use any fictitious identity whilst attending meetings;
• Any recordings made by the contractor were for the purpose of an ‘aide memoire’ to assist the preparation of a report, and were not provided either to the contractor’s employer, or to Southern Response Earthquake Services;
• The audio recordings that were made were recorded openly using a visible cellphone on the contractor’s lap, in circumstances where other participants were also recording the meeting, and no copies were made by the contractor;
• No evidence was found that any other private conversations were recorded, either intentionally or inadvertently.

The State Services Commissioner has been advised of the outcome of the investigation.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s, when complaints were commonly being levelled at RNZ’s Morning Report programme, largely by National MPs discomfited by being interviewed by Kim Hill.

The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

 
 

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation. More>>

ALSO:

'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

ALSO:

Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>

ALSO:

Budget Process: Wellbeing To Be Enshrined In Law

Legislation has been introduced in Parliament to ensure every Government considers the wellbeing of New Zealanders when creating future budgets. More>>

National In China: Bridges Praises CCP, Meets Law Enforcement Head

A recent trip to China has raised questions over who the Opposition leader Simon Bridges met with and why... Anne-Marie Brady, a Canterbury University professor and expert on Chinese politics, has described Guo Shengkun as the leader of the Chinese secret police. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The SIS/GCSB’s Compliance With Torture

Torture is a crime under international law. New Zealand has signed (a) the UN convention against torture and (b) formal agreements about how armed conflict should be conducted. That’s the legal backdrop to the fascinating report released this week by the SIS Inspector-General.

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels