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Spit in their face: The next time someone says NZ is one of the least corrupt countries…
“Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s (CERA) staff employed to bring investment to Christchurch set up their own company through which investors would pay them a fee on private property deals,” according to a Stuff investigation, and this is just tip of the iceberg.
What people are saying about CERA:
Labour leader Andrew Little said: “I cannot believe an arrangement like this – where you have public servants also allowed to operate a private company and further their private interests – was approved and signed off.”
Asked what he thinks about The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and the State Services Commission (SSC) investigating the private property dealings connected to three former CERA staff [Murray Cleverley, Gerard Gallagher and Simon Nikoloff] Little said SSC and DPMC lacked sufficient investigative powers to conduct an effective inquiry.
“It must be the Auditor-General. The Auditor-General has powers to compel and look not only at what happened with those people and the rest of CERA but what happened at the Minister’s office as well.
“A week after New Zealand is rated top in the world anti-corruption index [George Soros Transparency International -Editor] this is just the stuff that undermines that. If our oversight mechanisms mean this wasn’t picked up then we have some serious work to do.”
- Cera staff running own property business on the side
- Canterbury health board chairman talking with buyers for buildings
- CDHB chairman declares possibility of ‘perceived’ conflict
- SFO: ‘Dangerous phase looms for rebuild’
Who killed Julian Carver and Michelle Mitchell?
Father of two Julian Carver, 44, was the former chief information officer at CERA. He was found dead in suspicious circumstances, this blog believes, at a psychiatric hospital in Christchurch on January 2, 2017.
Former senior CERA manager, Michelle Mitchell, dies from ‘unexpected illness’
Michelle Mitchell, 49, a former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) manager died after an “unexpected illness” while on holiday.
She died in her sleep on Sunday [January 24, 2016] while in Queenstown for the weekend with her husband.
Other News in Drips…
Fatal crash on Te Aute Road, Havelock North
Emergency services are attending a serious crash on Te Aute Road, Pukahu, just outside of Havelock North. One person has died at the scene. At least one other person is seriously injured, police said.
Serious crash on Cavendish Drive, Wiri
A serious crash occurred on Cavendish Drive, Wiri, off State Highway 20 where a car collided with the centre median barrier. at approximately 2:10pm this afternoon, Friday 3 February, 2017. One person has been taken to Middlemore Hospital in a critical condition.
At least two people killed in serious crash SH29 near Karapiro
Two people were killed in a serious crash between two cars at the intersection of State Highways 1 and 29, near Karapiro at approximately 9:50am. A third person involved has received serious injuries and is being transported via ambulance to Waikato Hospital.
Time-Honoured Kiwi Traditions
Fatal crash driver left female friend to die
Invercargill teen Nakita Strange, 18, lay dying on a Dunedin street while her friend, “Shame http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/89041116/shay-robert-richards-sentenced-to-jail-for-crash-that-killed-invercargill-teen-nakita-strangewhose reckless driving caused her death, walked away. .
Person found dead near Ashburton in suspected suicide
Police believe a man found dead on the roadside near Ashburton on Tuesday committed suicide. [A “win-win” situation, so they don’t have to investigate foul play!] http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/89030631/person-found-dead-near-ashburton-in-suspected-suicide
Growth-enhancing drug found in NZ beef in Taiwan
New Zealand authorities claim they are puzzled as to how a shipment of beef sent to Taiwan tested positive for a growth-enhancing drug ractopamine, which is banned in most countries because of its impacts on animal and human health.
“New Zealand is one of only 27 countries in the world to allow its use, but restricts it to the pork industry which says it is not widely used here.”