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NBR SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Roading industry's rotten underbelly

Corruption in the roading industry is widespread, according to veteran engineers.

Karyn Scherer
Fri, 16 Dec 2016

The bribery and corruption involving two Auckland Transport managers has only scraped the surface of the dirty dealings in the roading industry, veteran engineers say.

Many cite the case of Blacktop boss Simon Everett, whose family-owned roading business collapsed in 2013, as an example of the consequences they could face if they speak out.

"The general feeling in the industry is the big boys ganged up and took him out," one person told NBR, because of Mr Everett's refusal to take part in a "culture of backhanders".

And industry consolidation and procurement practices, it's claimed, have made it increasingly tough for sub-contractors to compete.

"It's just like the bloody mafia."

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