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


Auditor-Gen investigation would have been beneficial

Media release: Rail & Maritime Transport Union
Friday February 8, 2013.

KiwiRail Auditor General investigation would have been beneficial

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is disappointed that the Auditor General will not probe KiwiRail’s handling of its contracting out of wagons and locomotives to China CNR Corporation.

The Auditor General has today said it will not launch a formal inquiry into purchases of rolling stock from China CNR by KiwiRail, following a request last year from Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

Wayne Butson, RMTU General Secretary, said that an inquiry would have been beneficial.

“The Auditor General has noted the reason it was not investigating the matter was because the decisions were made for normal business and commercial reasons.”

“But KiwiRail is not a normal commercial business. It is owned by the public of New Zealand, and should operate in New Zealand’s best interests.”

“KiwiRail needed to meet its obligations as an SOE to consider the wider social impact of its decisions to send train construction overseas, and the subsequent closure of Hillside workshops in Dunedin with the loss of 90 jobs.”

“We don’t believe it did, and would have welcomed the Auditor General assessing this.”

Wayne Butson said one of the reasons why New Zealand is facing a jobs crisis is because the government was taking no lead on procurement, and rail manufacturing was a classic example.

“KiwiRail needed to take a whole-of-life view of procurement, not just upfront costs.”

“But it needed a stronger steer from its shareholder, the government, also. John Key’s government has shown no interest whatsoever in using its significant purchasing power to support Kiwi jobs.”

“Steven Joyce said today that the answer to jobs was more foreign investment. Why would foreigners invest when the New Zealand government is not prepared to invest in New Zealand manufacturing,” Wayne Butson said.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Land & Water Forum: Fourth Report On Water Management

The Land and Water Forum (LWF) today published its fourth report, outlining 60 new consensus recommendations for how New Zealand should improve its management of fresh water and calling on the Government to urgently adopt all of its recommendations from earlier reports. More>>



Welcome Home: Record High Migration Stokes 41-Year High Population Growth

New Zealand annual net migration hit a new high in October as more people arrived from than departed for Australia for the first time in more than 20 years. More>>


Citizens' Advice Bureau: Report Shows Desperate Housing Situation Throughout NZ

CAB's in-depth analysis of over 2000 client enquiries about emergency accommodation shows vulnerable families, pregnant women and children living in cars and garages, even after seeking assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand. More>>


Speaking For The Bees: Greens Call For Neonicotinoid Pesticide Ban

The National Government should ban the use of controversial pesticides called neonicotinoids after evidence has revealed that even at low doses they cause harm to bee populations, the Green Party said today. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news