Archive for September 2013
Good morning Len
I put a question to you last night with regards to the corruption which I exposed at Waitakere city council.
At the council meeting earlier this year you said you knew nothing about it but would not investigate due to it being historic
Last night at the meeting you stated that there were two sides to the story, thereby indicating that you knew of another side which somehow implied that it exonerated the corruption
Your statement indicated to me that you know a version which I am not familiar with which makes me a villain and Mr Wells an employee acting legitimately and I therefore by way of privacy act request all information which you hold or have been told of which concerns the corruption in the dog and stock control division of Waitakere city council where Mr Wells was contracting to himself via the attached MOU
To spell it out Mr Wells signed the attached MOU with the previous dog control manager Tom Didovich.
Didovich plays a vital role in this corruption he had written to the minister consenting for Waitakere and North shore cities to become a linked organisations when in reality MAF expected this to be a council supported matter not something done in house in dog control this is reflected in the cabinet papers as attached and in the audit report
Not only did AWINZ not exist ( basically that is proved by the fact that the audit papers shows that it only had four meetings since 2004). The trust was established in 2000 by its own terms it ceased to exist 1.3 .2003 see page 4 .
The audit report proves it never held bank accounts so we now have a trust which never met and did not hold assets.
It also did not make the application for approved status on 22.11.1999 and it was not an oral trust as claimed by Neil Wells as the trustees that Tom Didovich paid him to recruit were recruited under a different deed
It was Tom Didovich the manager of dog control who witnessed the signatures of the trustees on the deed established in 2000 and Paid Wells to train the dog control officers. He acted without authority for and on behalf of council went on to become a trustee of a trust designed to conceal the corruption in 2006 .
I hope that you do not condone such actions
Under the privacy act I have the right to make corrections and quite obviously you have the story wrong.
I am extremely concerned that you should think that there are two sides as there is only one side portrayed in the documents I recovered from council and MAF and that is that Council has failed to investigate this properly preferring to see me the whistle-blower as the villain
I will be putting this email and my letter to you up on Transparency and will be directing everyone to it at each and every candidate meeting.
I felt that you got close to defaming me last night by suggesting that I knew of the other side.
I was denied a defence for the defamation claim .Wells never produced one bit of evidence. It is being appealed at this very moment for obtaining a judgment by fraud. .. the alleged defamation does not change the facts revealed in the documents held by council . if you can’t find them I will be happy to supply them to you . Your own documents will reveal corruption . Look at the audit report they expected AWINZ to be incorporated, and to be acting with the councils consent . council denied any involvement. The audit report does not look for corruption it only dealt with the obligations of AWINZ as far as MAF was concerned.. no one went back to the fact that AWINZ did not exist.. it was quickly re created in 2006 to cover up
For ease here is the video The AWINZ story exposing corruption in council
It’s complex but I can simply take you through it if I was to be given the chance.
No one should have to pay the price I have had to pay for questioning corruption in council , the questions I asked were legitimate and had foundation .
Because truth matters
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the following are the submissions I made agaisnt the bill
I am Grace Haden, I am a licensed private Investigator, Member of the certified fraud examiners association and former Police Sergeant. I am currently the director of transparency New Zealand, which is a company concerned with the exposure of corruption in New Zealand.
I am also standing for council as I have uncovered the inside influence and control on council which abducts the resources of councils from providing services to the residents to providing resources and business for corporates. This is done through a form of corruption known as State capture.
State capture occurs when the ruling elite and/or powerful businessmen manipulate policy formation and influence the emerging rules of the game (including laws and economic regulations) to their own advantage.
One group which in my honest opinion and based on my research fits this bill, is a group which has been of high profile in New Zealand and at the fore front of legislative reforms with regards to Auckland this is the committee for Auckland.
Membership to this elite organisation is $10,000 per year, its members include
ANZ National Bank
ASB Bank Ltd
Auckland Arts Festival
Auckland City Mission
Auckland Communities Foundation
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Bank of New Zealand
The Conference Company
Cooper & Company
Corban Consultants Ltd
Counties Manukau DHB
Ernst & Young
IAG NZ Ltd
Jones Lang LaSalle
Kiwi Income Property Management Ltd
Manukau Institute of Technology
Manukau Institute of Technology
Mighty River Power
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
NZ Council for Infrastructure
NZ Institute of Architects
Pacific Business Trust
Pete Bossley Architects Ltd
Ports of Auckland
Precinct Properties NZ Ltd
Property Council of NZ
Regional Facilities Auckland
Rider Levett Bucknall
Saatchi & Saatchi NZ
Sinclair Knight Merz
South Pacific Pictures
Todd Property Ltd
University of Auckland
Warren and Mahoney
Westpac NZ Ltd
Dame Jenny Gibbs
Consulate General of The United States of America
Sir Ron Carter Patron,
Consulate General of Australia (Austrade)
Consulate General of The Peoples Republic of China
The Salvation Army
Amongst the individual members are persons who are well represented in the liquor and tourist industries. I hope that the select committee compares submissions to this list as I would not be at all surprised that many of these companies will also make individual submissions in support .
I have over the years monitored the connections of the committee for Auckland and find that many overlap with the Auckland CCo’s to the extent that the directors of the CCos are well connected to the committee for Auckland members and some in fact are both.
One such example is the CEO of Auckland council Dough Mc Kay who is a member of the committee for Auckland and has historic directorships through the liquor industry and is now a director of the BNZ while still in his capacity of CEO of council.
The relationship of the committee for Auckland to that of Council and the CCo’s is nothing more than incestuous and seeks to drive their profits rather than have their taxes provide for Auckland.
In short the committee for Auckland is at every level privy to the internal decision making of the council , this places them at the fore front of decision making and the ability to provide competitive quote and through its members they influence council and also parliament.
It is worthy to note that three foreign consulates are members of the committee for Auckland , these three countries China , Australia and The USA are also the homes of the three major shareholders of sky city in the top 51% shareholding shown on the company’s web site on which only the top 10 shareholders are listed.22.86% is Australian owned 13.9% Chinese owned 10.27% American owned and 4.03 owned by ACC.
ACC funds our police as does LTSA , that is why injury and traffic are so well policed. Ironically one thing which is not funded or Policed well at all is fraud. As a private investigator I have prepared many fraud files only to find that the police will not prosecute. We deal with minor traffic offences and speeding to keep the road toll down but he suicide rate is greater than the road toll and drowning put together. How many suicides come from financial pressure, how many of these are due to the effect of fraud on third party companies who cannot pay their debts due to staff members embezzlement to fund gambling. We don’t know the extent of this because Suicide along with Fraud and corruption is a dirty word and we pretend it doesn’t happen and we don’t keep statistics as to the cause.
The SFO has a limit before it investigates, this limit is too high for most companies who will be put out the back door by losses of $20-50,000
Need and greed are the drivers of Fraud and staff often mean to “ borrow” and pay back their bosses funds only to find that lady luck does not come their way. When discovered these staff members are typically dealt with in a Cost effective way , dismissal with a confidentiality agreement and an agreement to repay. So new employment is found with an unblemished record and we rob Peter to pay Paul and so the cycle starts all over again.
Families lose their houses, the innocent are scammed, children are left abandoned, not just in the car parks but in their own homes, by those who either have the habit or believe that gambling is their only chance out of the hole. All this goes on in the back ground and no one really has a true picture of the effect of gambling on our society
I was once the officer in charge of gaming in south Auckland in the days when Housie was the game of choice. While the rules were draconian and extremely tight the controls were there to prevent massive loss ( if the game was played legally ) Police in those days investigated fraud but since then the police service has become a business .
Should the committee decide to approve an expansion of the sky city convention centre it should only be done if there is a cost benefit analysis done for society. The true costs are not financial these need to be identified and accounted for.
Should expansion go ahead funding should be made available from gambling to support those who are the victims of problem gamblers through funding a division of the police tasked specifically with investigation and prosecution of gambling related offences.
We cannot allow profits to flow overseas while not providing for our own people, we need accurate statistics on suicides and crime which stem from gambling either directly or indirectly. An investigation into the effect of gambling on families and we need to act on the identified issues and resolve them. We need to know what problems exist before we allow expansion.
Sky city , is part of a powerful lobby group , the voice of these businesses are heard but the reality is that those in government are there to represent the people not corporates. We ask that you take the action which is best for the people of New Zealand and make decisions with their welfare and wellbeing in mind .
There should be no Urgency in this matter, the costs on society will be too great if you get it wrong.
Thank you Grace Haden www.Transparency.net.nz