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First concerns about Nigel Murray’s expenses raised 19 months before investigation

13 November 2017 Natalie Akoorie - New Zealand Herald

The first inkling there was a problem with former Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray’s expenses came as early as December 2015, the Herald can reveal.

But it was 13 months before the alarm was officially raised with board chairman Bob Simcock, according to details of the timeframe released to the Herald under the Official Information Act.

Murray resigned on October 5 after a Waikato DHB investigation found he overspent on relocation costs and claimed other unauthorised spending, understood to relate to expenses associated with two Canadian women.

A staff member first raised concerns about a potential overspend by Murray on his relocation from Canada with a manager at Christmas time 2015, chief of staff Neville Hablous said in the OIA.

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