Corruption In MAF.. will they hide it or expose it

From: Grace Haden []
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Subject: Corruption In MAF.. will you hide it or expose it

Documents referred to

maf cover letter  ,
audit report
Teritorial authority Animal welfare services

Fraudulent application for approved status

wells relationship with MAF

 To the members of NEAC and NAWAC , senior management MAF and Ministers

I am writing to all of  you with regards to my  concerns  that there appear to be corrupt practices  within MAF.

In 2006  I questioned the existence of the  Animal Welfare institute of New Zealand ( AWINZ ) ,  it is an approved organisation under the animal welfare  act. And has the same status and powers as the RNZSPCA.

What is significant under the act is that penalties can be up to $250,000  and  by virtue of section 171   they are payable to the approved organisation which undertook the prosecution.( this provides opportunity  for fraud )

AWINZ is what I believe to be the perfect fraud-   but instead of  the authorities  dealing  with it I was taken to court on a private prosecution By Neil Wells and Wyn Hoadley   on trumped up charges and   defamation.

5 years of court battles later It has cost me my 23 year marriage  and about $200,000 not to mention the damage to my business and my personal reputation and  my family.. forget about cruelty to animals this  has been a total assault on my family.

Effectively there is still $200,000 in  court costs and damages to   be paid , this   for a   court proceedings where I was denied a  hearing on the facts, I was effectively  sentenced without  being found  guilty first. .. but that is beside the point    on what I am approaching you  for.

AWINZ was the brain child of Neil Wells

Neil Wells and Bob Harvey worked  together  in 1974  in advertising   their campaign saw the Kirk Govt into power.

Wells was  director  RNZSPCA   and later  became involved with the various  animal welfare advisory groups and wrote  many of the codes.

He came up with the idea to set up  a territorial animal welfare service  where by dog and stock  control   operated by councils would be given extended  powers  to   become  animal welfare officers.

He  worked  with Bob Harvey    and set this up In Waitakere as a  trial.

He then wrote the No 1  Bill for the  animal welfare act to facilitate his business plan  by introducing    the approved organisation status.

He became the  independent advisor to the select committee   in the time leading up to the bill becoming law.

When the bill was  passed  but before the act became law  he made an application   for approved status for AWINZ , claiming that AWINZ was a trust and that it was in the process of being registered under the charitable trust act 1957 .. the reality was that  no one else ever signed or showed any evidence that he could make this application  in their names.

In 2006 I was approached by an AWINZ animal welfare officer  and  who was also  a council employee.  She was concerned   that she had to  volunteer her  council paid time to  AWINZ and prioritise animal welfare  jobs over dog control  work.

I  found that the logos for AWINZ and for the  animal welfare at Waitakere city council where Mr wells   now worked as manager  were deceptively similar and he was running fundraising campaigns using the  logo  sending out donation requests with the   dog registration,  he further claimed that AWINZ was a charity when it was not.

With others we had formed a trust called the  animal welfare institute of New Zealand and  had legally  registered it.  Neil Wells now finding himself caught out needed the name to cover up and  took legal action against me   for passing off, breach of fair trade and   defamation, the object at all times was to intimidate me  and force the release of name.

I  have evidence that he  committed perjury in court and misled the court, none of this apparently matter in NZ  but this is not an issue for  you .

Due to the questions I had raised AWINZ was audited   late 2008   and   in July 2009  the audit report published. ( as attached )

As a result of tis audit  AWINZ  chose to   relinquish its approved status  but despite this continued to operate until December 2010  when I  drew the ministers attention to the fact that  it was still operating.

AWINZ is now no longer an approved organisation .

The conflict  of interest for Mr wells was

  •  He was manager  dog and sock control Waitakere.
  • He had signed an MOU  with MAF for AWINZ
  • He had signed an Mou   for AWINZ with Waitakere dog and stock control  with the previous manager.
  • He was  therefore now  both parties to this MOU.
  • He used the staff  under his control for    AWINZ
  • They used the council infrastructure (  he therefore had no over heads )
  • They reported an animal welfare offence to  Him as manager Animal  welfare
  • He would pass this to  himself as AWINZ
  • He would pass it to himself as Barrister
  • The money would  come in   and  he banked this into an account only he  had control of.

What is of further concern is that MAF   have gone all out to protect  Mr Wells.

I have   evidence that  he has a long term   relationship  with David Bayvel ( the writer of the letter ) and Barry O’Neil   who is the director  referred to in the letter.  Refer  attached document  where he   acknowledges  long term relationships  11 years ago  with   Peter O’Hara, John Hellstrom ,Barry O’ Neil  and David Bayvel.  Mr wells claims in a  cv which can be located on line  that he was

1984– 1995          Member, National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee.

1989– 1998          Member, Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

Wyn Hoadley was  of course similarly involved  and was  chair  of the NAEAC

I was further investigated by MAF biosecurity in 2006 on another matter where  I was investigating a  non-existent liquidator and director, the company involved  had a transitional  facilities licence.  I happen to refer t the documents and  was accused of passing myself off as a MAF officer.

A colleague   who  assisted me   by taking over the name Animal welfare  Institute of New Zealand, had his herd of Manchurian Seika Deer confiscated out of the blue.

The reason I am writing to you all is that   this case will impact on the credibility of    MAF and the related  animal  advisory  boards  unless someone is  proactive enough to  say enough is enough  let’s have a good look at what is going on.

5 years of this I have had enough  the report speaks for itself   why  was nothing  done after  this audit report was released… why is MAF continuing to protect   Mr wells.. its  time to decide if you are facilitating fraud  or acting in  the best interest of  the public.

AWINZ never existed.. it was only ever Mr Wells   trading as AWINZ and because I pointed it out I have been crucified.

We  desperately need an independent commission  against corruption and this case proves it. Those who are supposed to guard the standards  don’t.

I  doubt  that any one of you will act   so in the interest of transparency this will be posted on


Grace Haden


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