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No conflict of interest for Cera staff

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/05/2017

Three former senior Cera staff have been cleared of allegations of conflict of interest over their business transactions.

A report into the investigation by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) was released on Wednesday.

It found there was no evidence that the unnamed men, officials at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, overlapped their business interests with Cera responsibilities.

The allegations were made by Gerard Gallagher and Simon Nikoloff, who themselves were found guilty of serious misconduct and conflicts of interest by the State Service Commission in April for their own property deals while working for Cera.

However, the chief executive of DPMC, Andrew Kibblewhite, said a thorough forensic review, involving independent investigators, found there was no basis to the conflict of interest concerns made against the three men.

"The men who made the allegations were spoken to as part of this investigation even though they had told the [State Services Commission] inquiry they had no evidence or further information to put forward.

"They confirmed that remained the case and that they had no more to add."

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