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Cera staffers investigated over company

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/01/2017

Three former staffers of the now defunct Canterbury Earthquake Regeneration Authority (CERA) are being investigated over allegations they used their position to benefit their own company.

The private dealings of Murray Cleverley, Gerard Gallagher and Simon Nikoloff will be looked into to determine if they used their jobs for personal gain.

It's alleged they tried to arrange commercial property deals through their own companies for finders fees, up to $300,000 in one instance, according to Fairfax.

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minsiter Gerry Brownlee only became aware of the allegations through the media but referred the matter for investigation.

The Prime Minster's Department and State Services Commission will carry out the investigations, he says.

"The allegations relate to whether or not they used their positions at CERA for their personal gain," he said.

"The possible consequences will be known once the investigation is completed."

Mr Cleverley was manager of the Greater Christchurch Investment Strategy while Mr Gallager and Mr Nikoloff were investment facilitators.

All three were reportedly also shareholders in the company Project and Investment Management Ltd, which was founded in August 2014.

Earlier Mr Brownlee described the allegations as deeply disappointing.

"I want to make really clear that we are not leaving any stone unturned because these are the sort of allegations that are reputationally damaging for the whole of New Zealand," he told RNZ.

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