State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes is satisfied that allegations made against three former staff members of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) are without merit following a thorough investigation by the Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).

“Any allegations of Public Servants having undeclared conflicts of interest are taken very seriously,” Mr Hughes said.

“Mr Kibblewhite has taken these allegations seriously and carried out a thorough independent investigation in response,” he said.

“I back the process Mr Kibblewhite has followed and I am satisfied with the finding that the allegations are unsubstantiated.”

“I would like to thank Mr Kibblewhite and his team for the very effective and professional way they have responded to these allegations,” Mr Hughes said.

Mr Kibblewhite investigated claims that three former staff members had undeclared conflicts of interest during their time at CERA. These claims were made by Mr Gerard Gallagher and Mr Simon Nikoloff in the late stages of an investigation carried out by Michael Heron QC into allegations made against them.

Mr Heron’s report and Mr Hughes’ public statement on its findings are available here


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