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‘Lack of natural justice’ in Callaghan Innovation procurement

The way the Government’s innovation agency used a private investigator to conduct due diligence on a supplier was not fair, Auditor-General says.

It was not ‘fair or reasonable’ to share the PI’s reports on Indigo, A-G says.

Maria Slade Thu, 07 Dec 2023
Key points
  • What’s at stake: The Auditor-General says Callaghan Innovation’s procurement process for its startup founder programme was “neither transparent nor fair”.
  • Background: The A-G investigated after would-be provider We Are Indigo complained that the agency hadn’t managed a conflict of interest, there was a lack of natural justice, and had shared damning reports with other government agencies.
  • Key players: We Are Indigo, Manaaki, Callaghan Innovation, the Auditor-General.

Government innovation agency Callaghan Innovation’s process in rejecting a supplier to its startup founder programme was “neither transparent nor fair,” the Auditor-General says.

The Auditor-General’s year-long investigation into Callaghan’s procurement process followed an explosive row

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Key points
  • What’s at stake: The Auditor-General says Callaghan Innovation’s procurement process for its startup founder programme was “neither transparent nor fair”.
  • Background: The A-G investigated after would-be provider We Are Indigo complained that the agency hadn’t managed a conflict of interest, there was a lack of natural justice, and had shared damning reports with other government agencies.
  • Key players: We Are Indigo, Manaaki, Callaghan Innovation, the Auditor-General.
‘Lack of natural justice’ in Callaghan Innovation procurement
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