Inquiry into possible breach of conduct code – State Services Commission


The State Services Commission today announced it will investigate whether a government agency and one of its contractors may have breached the State Services Standards of Integrity and Conduct.

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes said the inquiry would focus on Southern Response, a government-owned company responsible for settling claims by AMI policyholders for Canterbury earthquake damage, and a contractor it hired.

The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Megan Woods received information relating to Southern Response Limited and its use of a security contractor. On 16 February the Minister referred the matter to the Commissioner for consideration.

“I have decided the appropriate course of action is an inquiry,” said Mr Hughes.

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“The material I have seen raises questions around compliance with standards of integrity and conduct for State servants. Those questions need to be answered.”

The inquiry will be conducted using the Commissioner’s powers under the State Sector Act 1988.

The Commissioner intends to announce who will lead the inquiry and the terms of reference by the end of next week.


  1. It was said weeks ago that “public servants are the enemy of Government,” .

    Now we wonder if these public servants are also enemies of us 99% public also ????

    Shouldn’t this new “inclusive, transparent’ ‘promised’ Government be doing something about this now???????

    Public servants are paid by us to act in our best interests aren’t they” and since we are their employer we should now be given the rights to find out who these people are and then banish them from ever working in any public services again.

    It is time to put the public first jacinda, “lets do this” and don’t sign that destructive TPP11 toxic agreement that will stop Government working in the best interests of the public instead of global corporations.

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