Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Former Independent Directors of Mainzeal Group Ltd Comment

Media Statement

06/02/13

Former Independent directors of Mainzeal Group Ltd comment

Today the Bank of New Zealand appointed receivers to Mainzeal Property and Construction Ltd (MP&CL) and Mainzeal Living Ltd (MLL).

Mainzeal Group Ltd was not put into receivership.

However the independent Chair of MGL, Dame Jenny Shipley confirmed that, as of midday February 5th 2013, 4 directors resigned as members of the board of Mainzeal Group Limited. We did so because we did not have sufficient confidence in our ability to continue to perform our duties as independent directors, as the undertakings given and the basis on which we had undertaken serve as Directors had changed and so we had no option but to tender our resignations.”

At this time these Director were not directors of Mainzeal Property and Construction Ltd. The three directors resigned the board of Mainzeal Property and Construction Ltd – the company in receivership - in December 2012, at the shareholder’s request. At that time MP&CL was meeting its obligations as they fell due and had facilities with its bankers that enabled it to continue to operate. We agreed to accept the role of Directors of Mainzeal Group Ltd based on the undertakings and assurances given by the shareholder at that time. Sadly these have now changed which have led to our resignations.

That company had passed through a very difficult year in the construction sector, the impact of Legacy issues around leaky buildings, a large contract with disputed payments and a Chinese supply chain scheduling and delivery challenge.

The 4 Directors resigned the Mainzeal Group board on Tuesday when it became apparent financial undertakings from its shareholder, Richina Pacific, for Mainzeal Property and Construction were no longer in place and the further equity commitments were uncertain or conditional.

As a result the working capital facility with the BNZ was withdrawn and despite intensive negotiations between the shareholder, the parent company Richina Pacific, the directors of MGL on behalf of MP&C and the bank, a solution was not possible and the BNZ has appointed receivers.

All former directors say, “As independent directors of MGL, the holding company, we have done everything we could to try and avoid this painful outcome. We are fully aware and very saddened by the subsequent impacts the receivership may have on Mainzeal employees, creditors, subcontractors and others.”

“It is deeply disappointing that we were unable to secure the support that would have allowed Mainzeal to continue to operate,” say the directors. “Mainzeal Property and Construction was a very good company, had a significant workload of building in Christchurch and if we had managed to gain the undertakings necessary, it was working toward a positive cash flow and profitability in 2013.”

Peter Gomm has also resigned the boards of Mainzeal Group ltd and Mainzeal Property and Construction but will remain as CEO.

Dame Jenny Shipley
Paul Collins
Clive Tilby

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Fossils: Ancient Penguins Lived Alongside Dinosaurs?

Penguins are much older than previously thought and their evolution probably dates back to the days of the dinosaurs, according to research on the fossilised leg bone and toes of a giant ancient penguin found in rocks near Waipara, North Canterbury. More>>

No Voda/Sky: Commission Declines Clearance For Merger

The Commerce Commission has declined to grant clearance for the proposed merger of Sky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Power: IEA Report On New Zealand's Energy System

Outside of its largely low-carbon power sector, managing the economy’s energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions while still remaining competitive and growing remains a challenge. More>>

ALSO:

NASA: Seven Earth-Size Planets Around A Single Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Transport Case: Men Guilty Of Corruption And Bribery Will Spend Time In Jail

Two men who were found guilty of corruption and bribery in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) trial have been sentenced in the Auckland High Court today... The pair are guilty of corruption and bribery offences relating to more than $1 million of bribes which took place between 2005 and 2013 at Rodney District Council and Auckland Transport. More>>

ALSO:

Hager Raid: Westpac Wrong To Release Bank Records To Police

The Privacy Commissioner has censured Westpac Banking Corp for releasing without a court order more than 10 months of bank records belonging to the political activist and journalist Nicky Hager during a police investigation into leaked information published in Hager's 2014 pre-election book, 'Dirty Politics'. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news