17:04 Police are warning North Island motorists to drive to the wet conditions after a spate of fatal crashes kicking off the long weekend. 4 dead so far.

16:51 Reggae fans marking a special anniversary. Bob Marley would've been 71 today, born February 6, 1945. He died from cancer in Florida 1981.

16:41 Around 50 passengers who became stuck on Christchurch's gondola this afternoon claim they were fobbed off when they called the company for help.

16:17 Australian politicians say Julian Assange is "no hero", despite the UN finding he's being unlawfully detained in Britain.

16:12 The number of salmonella cases in Australia is rising, as a long list of pre-packed salad mix products are recalled.

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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