QC appointed for CERA investigation

Stuff reports:

Former solicitor-general Michael Heron QC will lead an investigation into allegations against former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) staffers.

The three men – Greater Christchurch Investment Strategy manager Murray Cleverley and investment facilitators Gerard Gallagher and Simon Nikoloff – allegedly used their public body roles to advance private business interests, a Stuff investigation revealed.

The men, who were employed by Cera to bring investment to post-quake Christchurch, had their own company that offered investors property proposals in the hope of earning large finder’s fees.

Good to see such a senior lawyer appointed to investigate. It is reassuring the SSC is taking this very seriously.