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

 


Independent security review announced by Ministry

Independent security review announced by Ministry of Social Development

04 September 2014.

Ministry of Social Development Chief Executive Brendan Boyle today announced the independent review into the Ministry’s physical security environment.

Former NZ Police Commissioner Rob Robinson and Deloitte New Zealand Chairman Murray Jack, will conduct the review.

The reviewers will be supported by an Advisory Group to test thinking and emerging recommendations. The members are:

• Sir Maarten Wevers (Chair), former Chief Executive, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

• Glenn Barclay, National Secretary, Public Service Association

• Craig Sims, Chief Operating Officer, ANZ Bank, and

• Graham Maloney, First Assistant Secretary, Service Delivery Operations, Department of Human Services (Australia).

This team will be supplemented with specific security expertise as required.

The objectives of the review are to determine:

1. Given the Ministry’s functions and activities and the risks associated with those, were all practicable steps taken to ensure the safety of Ministry employees in relation to the shooting at the Ashburton office?

2. What changes are recommended to the physical security environment in Ministry workplaces to ensure the physical safety of staff and members of the public from threats and assaults?

The review will be in two parts. Part one will look at public-facing service centres (predominantly Work & Income sites, including services for seniors and students), including those where the Ministry is co-located with other agencies. This review aims to be completed in two weeks.

The second part of the review process, which will have a longer timeframe for completion, will look at all remaining Ministry workplaces.

Additional and/or different advisory group members may be added to the second phase of the review. Staff feedback will be actively sought as part of the review process.

“I want to thank all these people for making themselves available at short notice to provide their considerable expertise to ensure a robust and timely review is carried out,” Mr Boyle said.

“The Ministry regularly reviews its security protocols and site safety plans but the Ashburton attack has prompted a further examination.”

“Following Ashburton we owe it to our staff to take another good look at their safety.”

“They are naturally very shaken after Monday’s attack, and the stream of subsequent threats to various sites has understandably compounded their unease.”

“The Police investigation is on-going and will provide additional useful input as we proceed with both phases of the review.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Ministry frontline staff for coming into work and continuing to serve the public this week. It hasn’t been easy, and I just want them to know we are grateful for their work during this difficult time.

“I also want to thank the many New Zealanders who have shown their support to MSD staff in many different ways over the last few days. It has been gratifying to see the groundswell of goodwill from many of our clients and others for the work we do every day.

“I will be making the review publically available when it is complete,” Mr Boyle said.

Mr Boyle also announced a change to the way Work and Income will control access to Service Centres.

“From next week security guards will control entry and may ask for identification. If anyone is assessed as presenting a risk they may be refused entry,” Mr Boyle said.

“While this may cause some slight inconvenience to clients we believe that in the interests of safety for staff and clients, this is a step worth taking.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.

It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.
More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: October 22 — Parliament Today

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:

Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news