According to the State Services Commission (SSC), the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Megan Woods received information relating to Southern Response Limited and its use of a contractor. The matter was referred to SSC Commissioner Peter Hughes on February 16.
“I have decided the appropriate course of action is an inquiry,” Hughes said. “The material I have seen raises questions around compliance with standards of integrity and conduct for State servants. Those questions need to be answered.”
The inquiry will be conducted using the Commissioner’s powers under the State Sector Act 1988. The terms of reference and the key person to lead the inquiry will be announced by end of next week.
Southern Response is responsible for settling claims by AMI policyholders for Canterbury earthquake damage.