18 December 2018

A State Services Commission investigation into the use of external security consultants by government agencies has uncovered failings across the public service, including breaches of the code of conduct.

The inquiry found no evidence of widespread inappropriate surveillance by external security consultants on behalf of government agencies. However, the system was not operating in a way New Zealanders would expect and the  State Services Commissioner has introduced new standards that will strengthen transparency and consistency across all government agencies.


UPDATE: As noted in the State Services Commissioner’s press release and response to the Inquiry, both issued on 18 December 2018, a complaint was laid with the New Zealand Police regarding the recording of meetings attended by Southern Response claimants. On 9 May 2019 the NZ Police advised that it had determined that there was no evidence found of criminal offending or unlawful conduct. The full statement by the NZ Police can be found here: https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/outcome-investigation-complaint-state-services-commission.