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


Christchurch Rebuild Hampered by Widespread Fraud

Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
20 March 2013

Christchurch Rebuild Hampered by Widespread Fraud

New Zealand First is accusing the Government of dithering over wide-scale fraud associated with the Christchurch rebuild.

It is understood that fraudulent activity includes the deliberate over payment of contractors, and full payments to contractors for work not done or incomplete.

Rt Hon Winston Peters says Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee admitted in Parliament today under questioning from New Zealand First that he was aware of fraudulent activity.

“Why has the Minister not shared this information with the public so the public can help catch these criminals?

“It is time he stood up and revealed the extent of fraud currently under investigation which is estimated to be between $130 million and $250 million.”

Mr Peters is also asking why Fletchers is scoping the work house by house then signing invoices off for payment without even checking if the work has been done.

“The Minister should also clearly outline to what extent lead contractor Fletchers involvement is in any fraudulent activity.

“The $30 billion-plus rebuild of Christchurch has the potential for massive fraud if appropriate structure and process aren’t in place.

“But instead the Government is treating us all like mushrooms by keeping us in the dark as fraudsters eye up hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars,” says Mr Peters


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



1080 Threat: Police Arrest 60 Year Old Auckland Man

New Zealand Police have arrested a 60-year-old Auckland businessman in relation to the criminal blackmail threat to poison infant formula with 1080, made public in March this year. More>>


Canterbury Transition Bill First Reading: Government Hiding From ECan Submissions

The Government has radically reduced the amount of time for public submissions on their controversial ECan bill, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods... “Their shortened timeline could mean that instead of the usual six weeks, Cantabrians get just one week to submit their views on the bill." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Our Apparent Inability To Stand Up To Australia

Alas, and only days before the first meeting between our Prime Minister John Key and the new Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull, this country is showing no sign of standing up for itself. Quite the reverse. We seem to be rolling over, and making gestures of appeasement. More>>


Health Not-So-Many Benefits: Auditor-General On Scrapped Cost-Saving Plan

The Auditor-General decided to look into the costs and benefits of HBL’s work in the health sector and, where possible, identify lessons... We found that several factors contributed to the difficulties that befell HBL and, in particular, the Finance, Procurement and Supply Chain (FPSC) programme. More>>


Wikileaks: TPP Intellectual Property Rights Chapter Released

“If TPP is ratified, people in the Pacific-Rim countries would have to live by the rules in this leaked text,” said Peter Maybarduk, Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program Director. “The new monopoly rights for big pharmaceutical firms would compromise access to medicines in TPP countries. The TPP would cost lives.” More>>


Redundancies: 120 Laws To Be Repealed

The Statutes Repeal Bill will remove 120 pieces of superfluous legislation, and parts of eight other acts. It is being consulted on before it is introduced to Parliament. “The proposed Bill would reduce the total number of public Acts in force by more than 10%,” Mr Joyce says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news