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

 

Report into Pacific Island Affairs Leak

Report Into the Unauthorised Disclosure of a Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Briefing Paper

AN INDEPENDENT investigation into how a Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs briefing paper came into the possession of a Radio New Zealand journalist has not been able to identify the source or the manner of the leak.

The investigation was carried out by former Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade Neil Walter, at the request of Ministry Chief Executive Dr Colin Tukuitonga.

It followed a Radio New Zealand news item June 17 about a Budget appropriation to the Pacific Economic Development Agency (PEDA). The item quoted from a Ministry briefing to Pacific Island Affairs Minister the Hon Georgina te Heuheu.

Mr Walter interviewed 31 people and studied all relevant papers, and phone and electronic document logs during his investigation. He reported to Dr Tukuitonga this week.

“I have been unable to arrive at any firm conclusions as to either the manner in which the leak took place or who was responsible for it,” Mr Walter said.

“While it seems unlikely to have come from outside the Ministry, I have not been able to find any evidence that an MPIA staff member was responsible for the leak.”

Mr Walter said he was satisfied that MPIA staff were aware of the rules for handling official papers, and that no-one “would have been in any doubt about the political sensitivity of the material.”

Dr Tukuitonga said Mr Walter had made two recommendations relating to systems and processes.
“The first recommendation is for regular reminders to staff about handling official documents and dealing with media.

“I have this morning informed all staff about the report and its recommendations and reiterated our rules in both these areas. I am confident that no-one is in any doubt about them.

“I note that we are about to enhance communication with staff via a new intranet, which will consolidate all our procedures and policies in an easily navigable central database. There will be training for staff when the intranet is implemented.”

“We are also collating all processes and protocols in an Induction Manual for any new staff.

“I note also that last year we did the groundwork for a new records structure which will streamline file classification, storage and access. We expect to finalise this in the current financial year.”
Dr Tukuitonga said Mr Walter had done a thorough and credible job. “While there will be those disappointed that Mr Walter has not identified a culprit, I am satisfied that he has investigated to the fullest extent possible.

“I am keeping the file open in the hope that further information on the leak may come to light.”

“Any organisation requires its staff to act with integrity. This has particular meaning in Government agencies. I am confident that staff in the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs know what it means to act appropriately and in accordance with the State Services Standards of Integrity and Conduct.”

For a copy of Neil Walter’s report and Terms of Reference see www.mpia.govt.nz/news

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19, 21/9: 1,108 Overall Cases, 4,800,000+ Vaccine Doses


23 new cases have been discovered in Auckland, which has moved to Level 3 as of Tuesday night. 818 of the Auckland cases have recovered alongside all of the Wellington cases... More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Canada’s Election, And The AUKUS Defence Pact


Yesterday, Canada held an election in which everyone lost, including the voters. After holding its most expensive ( $C600 million) election campaign ever, the result was Groundhog Day, with the five main parties getting almost exactly the same number of seats as they did last time around, in 2019. Same overall result too: Liberals leader and PM Justin Trudeau will once again be leading a minority government... More>>



 
 

Green Party: Kiwis Overseas Must Be Allowed To Vote Next Year
New Zealanders stranded overseas should be allowed to vote in next year’s local government elections and the 2023 general election, the Green Party said today. “The reality of this pandemic is lots of people cannot renew their voting rights when they are home as they normally would... More>>



Government: Keeping our Police safe to keep our communities safe

The Government is committed to keeping our frontline police officers safe, so they in turn can keep New Zealanders safe – with one of the largest investments in frontline safety announced by Police Minister Poto Williams at the Police College today... More>>

ALSO:



Government: Counter-Terrorism Bill Returns To Parliament

The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has returned to Parliament for its second reading in an important step towards giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity... More>>


Power: Bill Changes Bring Fairness To Charges

A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>



Government: Parks expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>



Child Poverty Action Group: Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown

The current lockdown has triggered the largest weekly increase in benefit recipient numbers since the first lockdown last year, and Child Poverty Action Group is concerned the Government isn't doing enough to assist affected families... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels