Scandal rocks Real Estate Agents Authority
The Real Estate Agents Authority has received support from Associate Minister of Justice Nathan Guy for the report it has ordered on the employment of former police standards head Jon Moss, under investigation for criminal behaviour.
Mr Moss was hired by the Real Estate Agents Authority as a senior manager when it came into force in November.
Mr Moss had been a national manager of professional standards for the police for 25 years before he quit last year.
NBR understands he had a relationship with an official from an agency linked to the police. There were also allegations made that he improperly influenced another officer.
Police commissioner Howard Broad has launched an investigation into Mr Moss’s behaviour.
Real Estate Agents Authority chairwoman Kristy McDonald said she had asked Wellington lawyer John Edwards to conduct a review into how Mr Moss was first appointed.
A statement today by Associate Minister of Justice Nathan Guy said he welcomed a review into Mr Moss’s employment at the authority.
“The review finds that there was no impropriety in the employment process and that full disclosure of the police investigation was made by Mr Moss,” Mr Guy said.
“However, I am concerned this situation was allowed to arise. I am disappointed that there were failures in best practice, and that there was no formal system for checking referees.”
Mr Guy said Ms McDonald had assured him the Real Estate Agents Authority employment procedures were under review.
"The REAA has an important role to play in licensing real estate agents and providing help and support for the public. I want to see this good work continued,” Mr Guy said.