23 May 2017

Auditor General to offer to meet to discuss fraud fall-out

5:13 pm on 23 May 2017

The Auditor General Martin Matthews is understood to be ready to meet political leaders to talk about the controversy around the convicted fraudster Joanne Harrison.

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Auditor General Martin Matthews Photo: RNZ

The Labour Party and New Zealand First have raised questions over whether Mr Matthews should remain as Auditor-General, after Harrison committed large-scale fraud at the Ministry of Transport while he was its chief executive.

There is also an investigation into whether Harrison forced out staff members who raised red flags about her, through a restructure.

The Auditor General is appointed by a parliamentary committee.

RNZ understands Mr Matthews will offer to meet with party leaders to answer any questions about how he dealt with Harrison after concerns were raised about her conduct.

Mr Matthews has not responded to repeated requests for comment.

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