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


SSC to investigate allegations against former CERA employees

1 February 2017

SSC to investigate allegations against former CERA employees

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes is launching an investigation into allegations former employees of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority used their Public Service position to advance their private business interests.

“Allegations have been made in the news media that three individuals were inappropriately involved in private business dealings that were related to their roles as Public Servants at the time,” Mr Hughes said.

“These allegations are very concerning and if established would be a serious breach of the standards of integrity expected in the Public Service,” he said.

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has been looking into the allegations made, with the assistance of SSC, to gain a better understanding of what took place.

“On the basis of that work and the need to look beyond CERA, I have formed the view that there are grounds for a wider investigation,” said Mr Hughes.

“I am launching an investigation under the State Sector Act to establish what has happened here,” he said.

“New Zealanders need to be able to have trust and confidence in Public Servants and the Public Service. These allegations raise questions that cannot be left unanswered,” said Mr Hughes.

“The Code of Conduct for the State Services makes it clear that it is unacceptable for any State Servant to use their role to advance private business interests or seek any sort of personal benefit,” he said.

The investigation will be carried out using the powers set out in the State Sector Act 1988. It will investigate the actions of the three individuals while employed by CERA and in subsequent roles they have held in government agencies, in relation to the allegations concerning the identification and management of conflicts of interest.

The Commissioner intends to appoint a qualified investigator to carry out the investigation. SSC is working to finalise an appointment, which will be publicly notified as soon as possible.

Terms of reference for the investigation are currently being prepared and will be published once they are finalised. This is expected by the end of the week.

The Commissioner is requesting an interim report by the end of February.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

RNZ Live Blog: Eruption At Whakaari / White Island

An eruption has occured on Whakaari / White Island in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, sending a huge plume of smoke and ash into the sky.More>>

Police Update
While it was initially believed there were approximately 100 people on or near the island at the time of the eruption, we now believe there were fewer than 50.

Some of those people have been transported to shore, however a number believed to be on the island are currently unaccounted for. Of those transported to shore, at least one has been critically injured. More>>



Big, Bold, Permanent Change Needed: Children's Commissioner On 2019 Child Poverty Monitor

“I want to see family incomes dramatically raised by increasing benefits and making the minimum wage a living wage. And the Government needs to move much faster at increasing the supply of social housing..." More>>


RNZ Live Updates: Weather Mayhem Strands Tourists; Major Roads Closed

Hundreds of tourists are stranded on the West Coast, and on the other side of the South Island a flood-damaged bridge has closed State Highway 1, after a weekend of torrential rain... More>>


Policing: Armoured Specialist Police Vehicles

New Zealand Police has taken delivery of three Armoured Special Purpose Vehicles. The vehicles are unmarked and look like standard Toyota Land cruisers... They will not be used for patrol. More>>

Single Use PVC And Polystyrene Out: Next Steps On Plastic Waste

The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. More>>


Faafoi Statement: Minister's Suspicious Immigration Texts

I have apologised to the Prime Minister and understand I have let her down in regards to my dealings with Jason Kerrison over an immigration matter concerning his family. More>>


NZ First Conflicts Of Interest: New Details Around Timeline

New information has emerged showing it was the New Zealand First chief of staff who identified potential conflicts of interest between a forestry company and two senior government ministers, sparking a series of declarations. More>>



Five New Cancer Meds In Six Months: Pharmac Funds More Cancer Medicines, Faster Assessment

PHARMAC has confirmed that two new medicines – olaparib for ovarian cancer and fulvestrant for breast cancer – have been approved for funding... Rituximab and bortezomib, which are already funded, have also been approved for widened access following successful commercial proposals from new suppliers. More>>






InfoPages News Channels