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


Letter on party and member support funding

Letter to Parliamentary Service about party and member support funding

21 February 2019: On 4 December 2018, the Auditor-General received a request to look into claims that a staff member in Hon Maggie Barry’s office was asked to carry out political party work during work hours. We have written to Parliamentary Service with our response...

18 February 2019

Rafael Gonzalez-Montero
General Manager
Parliamentary Service
Parliament Buildings
Private Bag 18041
Wellington 6160

Dear Rafael

Allegations concerning possible misuse of party and member support funding

As you are aware, my Office has received correspondence asking that we look into claims that a staff member in the office of a member of Parliament was asked to carry out political party work during work hours. These claims were also referred to in various media articles in December last year.

The claims are of interest to me because they concern the use of party and member support funding, which is one of the appropriations in Vote Parliamentary Service. Any concerns about the use of appropriations fall directly within my mandate as Controller and Auditor-General.

In order to decide what investigation, if any, my Office needs to carry out into this matter, my staff have reviewed the information provided by the correspondent and have also met with senior personnel from the Parliamentary Service to find out what steps the Parliamentary Service has taken in response to the claims.

Based on discussions with your staff, my understanding is that the Parliamentary Service was made aware of the concerns that have been raised with us about staff being asked to do political party work during work hours. However, the concerns were raised in the context of a broader investigation into an employment matter, and have therefore so far been considered only in that context. My understanding is that a specific investigation into whether there has been a breach of the appropriation has not yet been carried out.

We therefore consider that further investigation into the concerns is necessary. After discussions with staff from your office, we have decided that the most appropriate course of action is for the Parliamentary Service to carry out that investigation.

I do not intend to inquire further into this matter at this stage. However, depending on the outcome of the Parliamentary Service’s investigation, I may decide that further work by my Office is warranted. I would be grateful therefore if you would let me know the outcome of your investigation.

Because of the level of public interest in the matters raised, we will publish this letter on our website.

Yours sincerely

John Ryan
Controller and Auditor-General

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mosque Shooting Response: Ban On Military Style Semi-Automatics And Assault Rifles

Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says... Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.

“An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in, and Cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme...All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned." More>>

RNZ Report: No Mention Of Right-Wing Threat In 10 Years Of GCSB/SIS Docs
There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of public documents from the Security Intelligence Service or the GCSB. More>>

Two Minute Silence Friday: Auckland Mosques Opening Their Doors To All
Mosques in the four corners of Auckland will open their doors on Friday night for people of all faiths to gather in remembrance of the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch shootings. More>>

For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>


"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>


████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>


'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>


From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>





InfoPages News Channels