Josh Forman thought yesterday that he would try and nail the PM by releasing an email between me and him.
Little did he know that I had smelled a rat some days ago and set him up.
However over the course of the past month he has been sending me information that he came by in his role working inÂ theÂ state sector, specifically information designed to undermine CERA and the EQC, but especially Gerry Brownlee.
He states in his email suggesting a blog post and potential set of OIA questions the following from a temporary email account.
The Comedian <[email protected]>
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM
RE:Â OIA suggestion + Article suggestion
OIA suggestion + Article suggestion
When it comes to corruption, New Zealand does pretty damn well.
Where there are large amounts of taxpayers money available in a bureaucratic environment there is bound to be the occasional hiccup, but you would expect that processes would be in place to detect and deal with such instances.
This is a fair and reasonable expectation when you are dealing with a large, long established organisation such as ACC or Work and Income – while they have had their issues with largesse in the past, there has not been, to date at least the wholesale embezzlement of state funds.
What then are the safeguards that are in place when a small crown entity is forced to rapidly and massively up scale its operations, make up policy on the fly, deal with a complex disaster situation, while juggling the responsibility of dealing with billions of dollars in levy payers funds?
I’m talking about the Earthquake Commission and its primary recovery agent. Fletcher EQR.
What assurance does the public have that the organisation formerly employing 20 staff, which now has in excess of 1000 employees which has paid out almost $8 billion dollars in either cash settlements or repair works for earthquake damage in Canterbury alone, has put in place the safeguards necessary to ensure that the money is spent appropriately?
In short, there are no guarantees when it comes to EQC and EQR.
Today we submitted an OIA Request to EQC requesting specific information on it’s operations and seeking answers to the questions outlined above.
[REDACTED: 14 potential OIA requests, some defamatory in nature]
If intending to publish this I would appreciate if you could refer to me as your source close to the rebuild based in Canterbury and leave it at that. this disclosure and OIA suggestion puts me at significant personal risk.Do not identify me.
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