Audit of the EQC CEO Ian Simpson expense account
Posted 04 December 2011 - 09:16 PM
We are in times of austerity and Public servants are accountable to us how they spend our Public funds.
Who on is arranging Ian Simpson former Senior Investment Staff member of http://www.acc.co.nz & now CEO of the http://www.eqc.govt.nz air travel arrangements?
How many people travelled between Wellington & Christchurch that he has claimed for?
Just himself? or others?
Why hasn't he specified the number of people travelling to ensure transparency?
All CEO's should be doing that, it is Taxpayers funds that are paying for these expenses.
What was he doing travelling to Europe on 2 February 2011?
He must be lodging expenses for more than himself because on 2 February 2011 there is also a claim for flights from Wellington to Christchurch return, he can't be at two places at once can he?
Why didn't he stay closer to Auckland Airport on 17 February 2011 instead of spending $140 on taxis to and from Fort St (red light district so we have been informed!) and the Hyatt Hotel.
What was he doing spending so much on taxi's when the Airport Shuttle bus costs much less?
$26 Return fare according to the following site.
We have observed he did not claim for accomodationon 17 February 2011 at the Hyatt where he caught a taxi from, so was it business or personal?
IAN SIMPSON EXPENSES JAN - JUNE 2011
TRX Date Description Excl GST Incl GST
1/02/2011 Lunch meeting for four people 70.00 80.50
2/06/2011 Dinner meeting for six people 196.09 225.50
TRAVEL - CANTERBURY EVENT
8/01/2011 Travel around Christchurch 80.00 92.00
19/01/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 271.74 312.50
9/02/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 363.70 418..25
11/02/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 476.96 548.50
18/02/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 496.73 571.25
18/02/2011 Accommodation in Christchurch 195.22 224.50
23/02/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch additional 400.00 460.00
23/02/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 30.00 34.50
1/03/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 470.87 541.50
8/03/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 379.14 436.00
9/03/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 459.75 528.72
11/03/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 579.27 666.16
7/04/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 444.35 511.00
27/04/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 435.65 501.00
4/05/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 550.20 632.72
6/05/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 532.80 612.72
6/05/2011 Lunch for two EQC people 34.78 40.00
11/05/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 515.22 592.50
11/05/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch additional 8.89 10.22
18/05/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 70.16 80.66
25/05/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 497.82 572.50
27/05/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 550.20
30/05/2011 Dinner for six EQC staff 154.79 178.00
31/05/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 1096.28 1260.72
3/06/2011 Accommodation in Christchurch 140.00 161.00
8/06/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 480.43 552.50
9/06/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 610.87 702.50
15/06/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 263.92 303.50
22/06/2011 Flights Wellington to Christchurch return 410.86 472.49
TRAVEL - OTHER
9/02/2011 Flights to Europe return 14,344.72 14,387.11
17/02/2011 Flights Wellington to Auckalnd return 476.09 547.50
12/03/2011 Accommodation Reinsurance renewal 505.63 505.63
18/03/2011 Accommodation Reinsurance renewal 1605.90 1605.90
20/03/2011 Train - Reinsurance renewal 41.31 41.31
21/03/2011 Accommodation Reinsurance renewal 749.30 749.30
22/03/2011 Accommodation Reinsurance renewal 310.12 310.12
23/03/2011 Taxi - Reinsurance renewal 137.69 137.69
23/03/2011 Accommodation Reinsurance renewal 387.18 387.18
23/03/2011 Dinner for 2 EQC staff 130.04 130.04
25/03/2011 Accommodation Reinsurance renewal 1131.48 1131.48
13/04/2011 Flights to Sydney return 825.00 825.00
13/04/2011 Departure Tax 46.74 50.00
14/04/2011 Taxi Australian Reinsurance 65.19 65.19
15/04/2011 Accommodation Australian Reinsurance 373.82 373.82
TAXIS & VEHICLES
6/01/2011 Airport Parking 6/01/2011 8.70 10.00
11/01/2011 Airport Parking 11/01/2011 31.31 35.00
19/01/2011 Airport Parking 19/01/2011 31.31 35.00
11/01/2011 CHCH City to Field Office 17.30 19.90
11/01/2011 CHCH Field Office to Airport 28.09 32.30
12/01/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 24.26 27.90
13/01/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 26.43 23.50
17/01/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 8.00 9.20
18/01/2010 CHCH Airport to Field Office 34.09 39.20
9/02/2011 Airport parking 9/02/2011 31.31 35.00
11/02/2011 Airport parking 11/02/2011 31.31 35.00
17/02/2011 Airport parking 17/02/2011 31.31 35.00
19/02/2011 Airport parking 18/02/2011 60.87 70.00
28/02/2011 Airport parking 27/02/2011 56.52 65.00
3/02/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 29.48 33.90
9/02/2011 CHCH Airport to Field Office 36.61 42.10
11/02/2011 CHCH Airport to Rail area 34.52 39.70
15/12/2010 CHCH Field Office to City 26.96 31.00
17/02/2011 AKL Airport to Fort St 59.13 68.00
17/02/2011 AKL Hyatt to AKL Airport 61.91 71.20 [/b]
18/02/2011 CHCH Airport to Field Office 38.61 44.40
24/02/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 7.91 9.10
1/03/2011 Airport Parking 1/03/2011 31.31 35.00
8/03/2011 Airport Parking 8/03/2011 31.31 35.00
9/03/2011 Airport Parking 9/03/2011 31.31 35.00
11/03/2011 Airport Parking 11/03/2011 31.31 35.00
3/03/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 7.48 8.60
8/03/2011 CHCH Field Office to Airport 43.39 49.90
10/03/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 7.13 8.20
11/03/2011 CHCH Field Office to Airport 29.48 33.90
7/04/2011 Airport Parking 7/04/2011 32.17 37.00
14/04/2011 Airport Parking 13/04/2014 64.35 74.00
20/04/2011 Airport Parking 20/04/2011 32.17 37.00
27/04/2011 Airport Parking 27/04/2011 32.17 37.00
4/04/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 6.00 6.90
7/04/2011 Taxi Airport to CHCH city 52.52 60.40
11/04/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 8.00 9.20
11/04/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 8.70 10.00
12/04/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 7.74 8.90
18/04/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 8.70 10.00
20/04/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 9.39 10.80
20/04/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 28.52 32.80
27/04/2011 CHCH Field Office to city 22.52 25.90
6/05/2011 Airport Parking 6/5/11 32.17 37.00
11/05/2011 Airport Parking 11/5/11 32.17 37.00
20/05/2011 Airport Parking 20/5/11 32.17 37.00
25/05/2011 Airport Parking 25/5/11 23.48 27.00
27/05/2011 Airport Parking 27/5/11 32.17 37.00
31/05/2011 Airport Parking 31/5/11 32.17 37.00
4/05/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 42.26 48.60
4/05/2011 Field Office to CHCH Airport 38.35 44.10
4/05/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 44.96 51.70
6/05/2011 CHCH Airport to Field Office 32.70 37.60
9/05/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 25.13 28.90
9/05/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 25.30 29.10
12/05/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 11.30 13.00
16/05/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 6.43 7.40
18/015/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 22.35 25.70
18/05/2011 Wgtn Airport to city 27.57 31.70
20/05/2011 CHCH Airport to Field Office 39.48 45.40
25/05/2011 CHCH Field Office to Airport 28.26 32.50
3/06/2011 Airport Parking 3/6/11 64.35 74.00
8/06/2011 Airport Parking 8/6/11 32.18 37.00
9/06/2011 Airport Parking 9/6/11 32.18 37.00
15/06/2011 Airport Parking 15/6/11` 32.18 37.00
27/05/2011 CHCH Airport to Field Office 31.31 35.00
27/05/2011 Field Office to Airport CHCH 34.78 40.00
31/05/2011 Field Office to Airport CHCH 29.48 33.90
2/06/2011 CHCH Airport to Filed Office 35.04 40.30
2/06/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 4.35 5.00
8/06/2011 Field Office to Airport CHCH 31.57 36.30
13/06/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 12.52 14.40
17/06/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 7.30 8.40
21/06/2011 Taxi within Wellington city 22.52 25.90
TOTAL 34,536.69 36,229.45
I certify that I have examined the expenditure recorded above andf that, in my opinion,
the expenditure is within EQC policies.
Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:38 AM
Meanwhile people in Christchurch are still suffering, homeless and distressed.
More than half of Sydney Water's 53 overseas trips were made up of personnel sent to Christchurch following the February earthquake.
Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:40 AM
How interesting that the matter of Asbestos Ratings has been mentioned in the information that has been "leaked' from EQC.
Of course, any buildings & houses etc with asbestos in it needs extra attention & expense to be removed etc.
Those that have Asbestos in them that were damaged would also have exposed those in those same buildings etc to Asbestos injuries
& those same human beings may be eligible for ACC entitlements.
As is evidenced in The Asbestos Report from The Queensland Ombudsman released recently we will see similarities between what has/
is likely to happen to those whom have done home renovations where asbestos has been present & that of those endangered in the Canterbury
Earthquakes & those working with Asbestos in part of the demolition & rebuild of Canterbury.
Ian Simpson as a former http://www.acc.co.nz Senior Investment Staff member would be only too aware of the financial cost to
any form of insurance corporation/ company & may we assume would be doing his best to prevent recompense as it would show on his
We recall the difficulties those whom have been exposed to asbestos have gone through when dealing with ACC claims.
In our opinion it is all about keeping the money for greedy corporates that prefer to line there own pockets & whom lack empathy to those
whom pay them for the jobs we keep them in.
Maybe the media would be so kind to investigate this further.
As an example, what steps have http://www.acc.co.nz & http://www.eqc.govt.nz undertaken to ensure sufficient funds are available
for future asbestos related claims?
Do ACC http://acc.co.nz & EQC http://www.eqc.govt.nz have any form of Memorandums of Understanding or contractual agreements we
the general public, who pay there wages, are entitled to know about?
What contractual agreements are there between International Insurance companies & the EQC?
Including relating to performances?
Govt defends keeping EQC info secret
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:00p.m.
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee (File)
A massive privacy blunder at the Earthquake Commission has left Christchurch residents questioning why information about their properties is being kept a secret from them.
EQC's claims process manager of repairs accidentally emailed a spreadsheet containing the details of all 83,000 parties involved in the Canterbury Home Repair Programme, which repairs damage worth up to $100,000, to Christchurch man Bryan Staples on Friday.
Mr Staples runs Earthquake Services Ltd, a company that helps EQC claimants battle the commission for payouts.
Mr Staples says five other people in his office saw the email, which included details about asbestos ratings, EQC tolerance approval, land information, contractor quotes and the value of EQC's damage estimates.
Some residents have spent the past two years battling to see that information about their properties.
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee is defending keeping them in the dark, saying EQC has to retain "competitive tension" over the cost of repairs.
"Anybody can call up EQC and can get their scope of works provided to them. What they won't get is the estimate of costs that EQC put on it, because obviously we want tradespeople who are doing that work to compete for the work," he said.
"If you say right [upfront] what you expect to pay, you'll end up paying more. That would come straight out of the pockets of taxpayers, so I think that's an unreasonable call."
Mr Staples says the information is what homeowners have been demanding for more than two years, and goes well beyond claim numbers and addresses.
"I saw that over 60,000 of those claims were categorised under $50,000. This is absolutely outrageous - it's political," he told Radio New Zealand.
"EQC fixing Christchurch is all about the next election. They're going to try and cash-settle claims for under $50,000. They need to come clean."
Read more: http://www.3news.co....x#ixzz2ObNLS1TE
The Asbestos Report
Asbestos /mesothelioma linked to renovations Australia
Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:41 AM
Privacy bungle there, why should Ian Simpson, or for that matter any other taxpayer funded CEO, take the easy road out.
In our opinion, if Simpson resigned he would have contractual clauses no doubt that would ensure a tidy payout to live off whilst
others clean up the mess that he as a CEO should hold himself to being responsible in part for having created in the first place.
May we assume Simpson would get a golden handshake & then be twiddling his thumbs & living the life of luxury still at our
expense whilst the unfortunate folk of Canterbury struggle with the rotten hand they were given through an Act of God.
Govt declines EQC boss' resignation
Govt declines EQC boss' resignation
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:55p.m.
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has refused to accept EQC head Ian Simpson's resignation (File)
Both the Government and the Earthquake Commission board have refused an offer from the organisation's CEO to resign over an email sent by a staff member which contained details of all EQC claimants.
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee refused to accept EQC head Ian Simpson’s resignation when they met this morning.
“He [Simpson] understood he caused embarrassment to the Government and said if he was a casualty of that he understood that,” Mr Brownlee said.
“I said, ‘look, we’ve got a problem that we’ve got to get over. We can’t let the progress being made in any way stumble over this unfortunate event’”.
The man who received the email containing the details of more than 80,000 EQC complainants said he was the “worst person” to receive the document.
Bryan Staples, of Earthquake Services, said all Christchurch residents should be given all the information about their property.
“It's unfair. EQC was set up with the best of intentions by good people, now it's been taken over as a political football and it’s being driven for politics.”
EQC email recipient denies leaking details
Government defends keeping EQC info secret
Read more: http://www.3news.co....x#ixzz2ObNkZ88p
Posted 09 April 2013 - 02:24 PM
Elder payout since resignation to top $383,000
Last updated 05:00 30/03/2013
PAYOUT: Former Solid Energy chief executive Don Elder.
Why Solid Energy has ended up on the slagheap
Former Solid Energy chief executive Don Elder will be paid an extra $250,000 as part of his resignation agreement.
The revelation came as a veteran West Coast miner claimed Dr Elder reassured workers at the Spring Creek that the mine was "going good" just a month before it was closed.
Dr Elder quit in February and has been paid about $130,000 to work from home as an adviser to the company for two months.
But Solid Energy has now revealed Dr Elder will be paid $253,000 for the remaining four months of his six-month notice period.
His total pay since resignation will be about $383,000.
A spokeswoman for Solid Energy said the extra payment was not revealed at this month's parliamentary select committee hearings into the company's financial strife, as it was subject to a confidentiality agreement.
The state-owned company is struggling under $389 million of debt.
"There are no other payments to Dr Elder, other than his statutory entitlement to any accrued untaken leave and contractual superannuation entitlements," the spokeswoman said.
Labour state-owned enterprises spokesman Clayton Cosgrove criticised the payments as "a golden handshake being dressed up and rebranded as a notice period".
Former West Coast miner Les Neilson, who was made redundant from Spring Creek mine last year, said Dr Elder told workers there that "everything was fine" just a month before the closure.
"It was a surprise visit," Mr Neilson said.
"He reassured everybody. He said nothing is wrong and everything will be fine.
"People took out mortgages on that assurance. I know people took out mortgages a few days after that and thought everything was sweet here now.
"He said things were going good and it wasn't, and he must have known."
The 68-year-old started his career as a miner in 1959 and had worked for 24 years in the Spring Creek mine.
"It is beyond comprehension for people here on the West Coast that he can carry on when people are really struggling here now."
Posted 09 April 2013 - 02:27 PM
VERNON SMALL AND KATE CHAPMAN
Last updated 00:01 29/03/2013
EQC shut down
SHUT DOWN: While their homepage is still live, clicking on anything else on the EQC website garners this message.
The Government has ordered the Earthquake Commission (EQC) to shut down all its external email systems, as well as business-to-business data exchanges and all systems that allow access to its systems by external parties, after another privacy breach.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee yesterday made the announcement, flanked by EQC chief executive Ian Simpson, after Christchurch East Labour MP Lianne Dalziel revealed that 2200 names and information relating to stopped cheques worth about $23 million were wrongly emailed to a member of the public.
"The recipient took the appropriate actions and advised EQC they had received the information in error through EQC's online complaints process about a month ago," Brownlee said.
"It would appear that email was either not seen by EQC or not acted upon. This is a completely unacceptable situation, but may be as a result of IT system problems." The revelation follows last week's breach where details involving about 83,000 claims were emailed to an external party.
Brownlee said the Government had taken three steps, effective today:
1. Required EQC to immediately shut down all external email systems. There will be no emails going into the organisation and none will be sent out.
2. Required EQC to immediately shut down all business-to-business systems and data exchanges, as well as access into EQC systems by external parties.
3. Asked the Government's chief information officer, Colin MacDonald, to investigate and oversee the solutions for issues relating to information management within EQC. "Mr MacDonald will develop a priority work programme to resolve and manage the issues with EQC's information systems and bring its processes and procedures up to standard," Brownlee said.
"I have asked for this investigation to be completed as quickly as possible to enable a resumption of claims processing, and apologise for the delay this will cause. "We hope some systems may come back into operation progressively in the days ahead, depending on the depth and extent of the issues found.
"I think this is a timely opportunity to draw breath after what has been a very rapid growth for EQC and ensure the privacy New Zealanders have the right to expect from any agency holding private information is offered to them by EQC." Brownlee expressed his "deep distress and concern" at the latest breaches. That the email was not picked up may have been a failure in EQC's systems, he said.
"EQC has experienced unprecedented growth from an organisation of 23 people to one today of about 1250 people, dealing with 466,000 individual claims," Brownlee said.
"This has necessitated rapid growth in claims processing and systems have been built at the same time as the understandable call has come from claimants to have those claims settled as quickly as possible." He warned that the freeze on emails could cause EQC's systems to "slow down for an unspecified period", although some processes could be brought back on line progressively as problems were identified.
Brownlee said it was time to pause so as to "ensure that the privacy that New Zealanders have every right to expect from any organisation that holds personal information" could be assured from EQC.
Simpson, who offered to resign this week, still maintained Brownlee's confidence.
"It's easy to sort of say, 'Let's go and chop a few heads off' and really look like we're doing a really good job'," Brownlee said.
The latest breaches took away from the good work EQC had done building such a system in a short time and difficult circumstances and it would be unfair "to even consider employment positions" at this time.
He said he was sorry for the situation.
"I am deeply sorry; I couldn't be more sorry. Given the distress that people go through in their own circumstances, to have the added worry that some personal detail might be out there is deeply distressing, for me also," he said.
Simpson said he was "devastated by the news today".
The organisation had moved as quickly as it could to act after the earlier privacy breaches emerged last week and at the start of this week.
"Clearly, after today's news, more dramatic steps are required," he said.