Parliament

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

 

“Sharp Practices” Revealed In Audit Report

“Sharp Practices” Revealed In Audit Report On Fire Service Boss - Whistleblower Suspended


New Zealand First Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, has called on the Internal Affairs Minister, Mark Burton, to explain why a Fire Service employee in Hamilton is being sacked after a critical audit report on a senior manager.

Mr Peters asked the Minister several written questions earlier this year about allegations of unauthorised expenditure by the Chief Fire Officer, Grant Olsen.

“The Minister gave evasive, ‘spin doctored’ answers to my questions but more information has been revealed in an internal auditor’s report which is highly critical of a number of financial practices in the Hamilton District.”

Mr Peters released the auditor’s report which noted breaches of Fire Service policy by Mr Olsen.

These include:

 making multiple travel claims,
 unauthorised use of petty cash,
 using Fire Service Orders for personal purchases,
 using his partner’s business creating a conflict of interest,
 purchasing a bed for personal use and charging it to R&M Office equipment,
 purchasing potting mix and a brass security door chain without apparent reason,
 not banking all cash received for leasing car park spaces.

“This report also states that when a senior manager is involved with sharp practices it places an unacceptable burden on staff beneath them.

“One of these staff members is now in the process of being dismissed and it is difficult to escape the conclusion that this is a result of her bringing notice of these highly questionable practices to the attention of a Fire Service auditor.

“The internal auditor recommended that Mr Olsen be called on to explain a number of matters relating to the auditor’s report and the Minister should make this explanation public,” said Mr Peters.


Ends




© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


'Public Safety': Next Firearms Reform Plan Announced

The next Arms Amendment Bill will:

• Establish a register of firearms and licence holders to be rolled out over 5 years
• Tighten the rules to get and keep a firearms licence
• Tighten the rules for gun dealers to get and keep a licence
• Require licences to be renewed every five years
• Introduce a new system of warning flags so Police can intervene and seek improvement if they have concerns about a licence holder’s behaviour
• Prohibit visitors to New Zealand from buying a gun... More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Being Australia's Pacific Go-Fers

Inevitably, there was an aspect of ‘what might have been’ about the weekend’s meeting in Canberra between PM Jacinda Ardern and her Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison... More>>

ALSO:

RNZ: Trades Hall Bombing Case Re-Opened, Evidence Released

The cold case has been reopened and the police have recently revealed more details about the bomb's components - including that it was wrapped in a 1977 edition of The Evening Post. More>>

Safety: Govt Targets Fewer Deaths On The Road

“Most roads deaths and serious injuries are preventable and too many New Zealanders have lost their lives or been seriously injured in crashes that could have been prevented by road safety upgrades,” said Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Rise Delay: Teachers Unions Plan Legal Action Against Novopay

Both of the teachers unions - NZEI and the PPTA - have confirmed they will be taking legal action against Novopay. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>

ALSO:

Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels