Independent investigation confirms no evidence of contract irregularities
23 October 2013 10:10AM
An independent investigation into anonymous allegations of infrastructure contracting irregularities by KiwiRail has found no evidence to support the claims.
KiwiRail commissioned the investigation by PwC immediately after receiving the anonymous allegations asserting issues with some infrastructure contracts.
“Pleasingly and as expected, their investigation found no evidence to support the allegations,” says KiwiRail chief executive, Jim Quinn.
The report has been made available to the Serious Fraud Office, which has advised it has formed the view that there is no evidence to support opening an investigation, Mr Quinn says.
“We set ourselves high standards with our contracting processes and the public can have confidence in our activities. We have a good record in this area and will always take any allegations of issues seriously and investigate them thoroughly.”
Mr Quinn says in this instance it was immediately clear that some of the allegations were factually incorrect, while others required deeper investigation. That investigation has shown there were no issues to answer.
“We are pleased that the PwC report and SFO decision not to investigate further confirm that our processes are robust and that organisations we work with can have confidence in any arrangements with KiwiRail.”
Mr Quinn says all the people involved have been open and forthcoming throughout the investigation and have handled the process with total professionalism.
“We will not be releasing the report or commenting further to protect the reputation of these people from these unfounded allegations. We are now hopeful that these unfounded rumours will cease.”
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