19:41 Canterbury Police staff are being stood down with a fire near New Brighton in Christchurch now successfully contained.

16:13 More charges are likely after a car was driven into a group of people in Nawton, Hamilton last night.

15:50 Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae's being sent best wishes from his government for his heart surgery recovery. He was operated on today.

15:48 Four people have been rescued from Mt Tarawera, near Rotorua after a helicopter landed heavily, causing minor damage. No one is injured.

15:40 Christchurch fire crews are rushing to a blaze in Rockinghorse Rd, Southshore. The fire is in the sand dunes - there are homes nearby.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012

Post quake fraud big issue

interest.co.nz Managing Editor Bernard Hickey tells RadioLIVE's Marcus Lush A Deloitte expert has warned of the huge potential for fraud in the Christchurch rebuild as billions of dollars of funds flows quickly into the city. Construction was a particularly risky industry with potential for backhanders, price fixing and cosy subcontracting arrangements on big capital projects. The Serious Fraud Office has even considered setting up an office there. It is already investigating a fraud that could be worth up to NZ$250 mln.

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