Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Airways Corp Review Inadequate – Peters

The terms of reference for the Auditor General’s review of Airways Corporation documents are too narrow and limited, said the New Zealand First Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters.

He said that the review is restricted to a number of unspecified documents and does not constitute a full inquiry into the circumstances that led to the departure of the former Company Secretary, Mr Ezeqiel Trumper.

“I will be raising a number of these issues myself with a view to widening the scope of the review.

“It is most important that all matters are fully aired and investigated,” said Mr Peters.


Airways Corporation Review Questions
Airways Corporation Review

1. To what extent in terms of “best business practice” did the Airways Corporation depart from the tender process for the new Air Traffic Control system and,

a) what was the Board’s response to that departure?
b) was the Board’s response appropriate?

2. At what time did the Board learn of any conflict in relation to the ATCS contract and the NATS proposal, in relation to any executive incentives, and what time expired, and what actions occurred, between the Board learning of this conflict and the Board’s actions in response to such allegations?

3. Did senior executives disclose all relevant information to the Board that would enable it to judge whether or not senior executives were, or the Board would be, in breach of legal, ethical and professional obligations?

4. Were any inducements offered to senior executives and others with respect to:

a) the new Air Traffic Control system
b) their involvement in the NATS system proposals in the UK
c) any other transactions abroad

5. Why was the system established in 1991 not upgraded, as agreed in the 1991 proposal for the life of that system, and a completely new system preferred, and

a) were the parties to the 1991 project consulted, and what later consultation took place with those companies responsible for the maintenance of the 1991 system up until the Lockheed Martin system was accepted?

6. What investigations took place at the Airways Corporation at Board level with respect to Mr Trumper’s concerns; when did he raise them, and who conducted those investigations?

7. With respect to the placement of senior executives in London, how are those executives’ professional responsibilities able to be discharged in New Zealand?

8. What costs incurred by the senior executives based in London are being met by parties and sources other than the Airways Corporation; and what are the detailed amounts so involved, and are such payments appropriate?

9. Did the Airways Corporation or its Board furnish Mr Trumper with a reference when he left their employment?

10. What is the safety record of Airways Corporation as disclosed by the monthly reports completed each month for the past seven months?

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages