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AgResearch Chief Executive Dr Tom Richardson has welcomed the Office of the Auditor-General’s (OAG) review on AgResearch’s Future Footprint business case, saying it is an endorsement of the process it ran.
“It says the business case was sufficient to make the decisions AgResearch needed to at the time. As we work through the master planning process, considerable momentum has been gained for the hub concepts at Lincoln, Palmerston North and Hamilton and their scope and scale has increased.
“We are already in the process of updating our Future Footprint business case to bridge these developments since 2012. The update will reflect the changes made as we work through the master planning and make final decisions around the capital investment required on each of our sites. We are pleased the OAG feels this is an appropriate next step.
“The review states that the business case made a clear case for change, we had engaged extensively with staff and stakeholders and that the consultation that took place allowed the opportunities the OAG would expect for staff and stakeholder input.
“The OAG finds no fault with our management of staff retention, and we agree it is a very important aspect of our plans.
“When we submitted the business case, we had not established all the final elements of project management, and those have now been put in place, so we want to note that as well in our update.”
Dr Richardson says the report also notes that and that the AgResearch Board had followed appropriate guidelines to manage conflicts of interest.
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