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New recruitment agency for next CEO search at Waikato DHB after Nigel Murray debacle

10 October 2018 Natalie Akoorie - New Zealand Herald

A different recruitment company to the one that was used to hire Dr Nigel Murray has been chosen to lead the search for a new chief executive at Waikato District Health Board.

Murray resigned his role as CEO at the DHB last year after an investigation was launched into his irregular spending.

A State Services Commission inquiry found Murray unjustifiably spent $120,608 on travel and accommodation expenses during his three years in the $560,000 a year job. In total he spent $218,000 of taxpayer money.

The Serious Fraud Office is still investigating whether the unjustified spending meets the level of criminal wrongdoing while an Auditor-General’s investigation into how Waikato DHB procured HealthTap – the company that powered failed app SmartHealth – was expected later this year.

The State Services Commission investigation found Murray was stood down from his top job at Fraser Health Authority in Canada months before he secured the role in Hamilton.

And the critical information was missed in checks by Simcock during Murray’s recruitment to Waikato DHB because Murray’s former employer was not asked for a reference.

Murray was recruited by New Zealand company Sheffield for the role at Waikato DHB, which paid $110,000 to the recruitment agency.

Today Waikato DHB announced it had appointed an executive search firm to begin the hunt for its next chief executive.