Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Trust Committed To Forensic Audit

Media Statement 9 June 2014


TE ROOPU TAURIMA O MANUKAU TRUST

Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust CEO Malcolm Robson says the organization is committed to the PWC forensic audit that commenced today and to the active investigations that relate to allegations made by former employees of the trust regarding the spending of trust funds. The trust is cooperating with investigating authorities who can act on any claims made by former employees.

At the same time, Mr Robson says the trust and its staff remain focused on the needs of mokopuna in its care.

Mr Robson says the trust is in a difficult position because it not able to respond to the issues raised by former employees, which relate to a number of different investigations by various government authorities and the independent forensic audit, the latter of which is expected to take a number of months to be completed by PWC.

“What we can say is that the trust board and management are working hard on all of the investigations and audits, and with the support of advisers and the relevant authorities we intend to reach a timely conclusion of these processes.”

Mr Robson had served as a Ministry of Health monitor to the trust before being appointed CEO in July 2013. “We were investigating potential mistakes in spending long before the period the former employees refer to. We fully accept that we may have missed things, and this is why we are pursuing these investigations and the audit. We are doing this thoroughly, and are not going to jeopardize the processes by getting into public debate. We can assure everyone concerned that we will be absolutely open about what is found, in order to restore full confidence in the trust and its operations”.

“Advisers to the Ministry of Health are working closely with us to bring the trust into a new chapter and leave our legacy issues behind us.”

As announced last week, the Ministry of Health has launched a number of processes including:
• A forensic audit of the trust’s operations by an independent auditor, commencing 9 June;
• The provision of two advisers to the trust CEO;
• A board transition process for the Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust board, including the appointment of consumer advocate David Russell as a board adviser.

Serious Fraud Office representatives were on-site at the trust’s head office in Auckland last week, and that the trust will cooperate fully with any and all requirements of the SFO. “We have had an initial conversation and it will be the purview of the SFO to discuss the scope and terms of any investigation that may eventuate,” Mr Robson says.

Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust is a charitable trust providing disability support services to approximately 250 mokopuna. It has approximately 500 staff and its head office is based in Auckland.

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On First Time Voting (Centre Right)

For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.

One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:

As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.

But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

SURVEILLANCE:

Election Ad Soundtrack: Rapper Eminem Sues National Party Over Copyright Breach

US rapper Eminem is suing the New Zealand National Party for alleged copyright infringement over unauthorised use of the rapper’s ‘Lose Yourself’ song in an election campaign advertisement. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Not-Especially New Plans: All Prisons To Become Working Prisons Under National

All public prisons in New Zealand will become full working prisons by 2017, and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government, says Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley. More>>

ALSO:

Māngere: "False Claim Of Matai Title" - Labour

National must explain why its candidate for Māngere Misa Fia Turner appears to be using a Matai title she is not entitled to, Labour’s MP for Māngere and Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. A Matai title is a legally-recognised ... More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: No New Zealand Child Should Grow Up In Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group's flagship policy publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party political agreement to underpin an action plan to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On National’s Phantom Tax Cut Package

Hmmm. So National’s tax cuts package turns out to be one of those television advertisements that screams a headline promise – perfect skin! a youth tonic that works! – while in very small print there’s an out clause: special conditions may apply. More>>

ALSO:

Water: New Marine Reserves On West Coast Opened

Five new marine reserves were officially opened by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith on the West Coast of the South Island to protect a range of marine ecosystems for conservation, science and recreation. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news