11 Aug 2014

Taxpayers foot ditched council review

2:46 pm on 11 August 2014

A Government-ordered review into an audit of the Christchurch City Council's finances has cost the taxpayer up to $70,000.

Gerry Brownlee.

Gerry Brownlee. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

In May this year, a report carried out by financial consultants KordaMentha revealed that the council was about $500 million short of its funding commitments to repair the earthquake-hit city's damaged roads, water and wastewater networks.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said the Crown had concerns about some of the assumptions made in the KordaMentha report and the accuracy of some of the data.

Mr Brownlee ordered another firm, Morrison Low, to review the KordaMentha report. Figures released under the Official Information Act show the work took about a month and cost between $60,000 and $70,000.

Mr Brownlee cancelled the Morrison Low review before its findings were released.