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Prison Problems Shortchange Contractors

JIM PETERS MP

Media Release

11 August 2005

PRISON PROBLEMS SHORTCHANGE CONTRACTORS

New Zealand First says that delays in payments to building contractors working at Ngawha Prison are unacceptable, and is calling on the Minister of Corrections to do the right thing and pay up.

This follows investigations by Northland Age reporter Greta Simmonds which reveal that the head contractor, Mainzeal, has delayed payments to some subcontractors working at the prison.

“I have been concerned for some months about the impact of changes in design and other issues at Ngawha on local contractors,” said Northland-based MP Jim Peters.

“The Minister’s response to questions I put to him raising these issues was unsatisfactory. He was totally unconcerned about the financial effects of delayed and reduced payments.

“Mr Swain and Mainzeal must take responsibility and resolve the financial issues arising from this debacle.

“It is to be hoped that the Labour Government will give more regard to the taxpayer dollar in the three other prisons currently being mooted,” said Mr Peters.


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