Dunedin North Labour MP Dr David Clark has been accused of
getting his facts wrong in criticising AgResearch's
appointment of a project management firm.
Dr Clark said AgResearch appointing Christchurch-based The
Project Office to manage its restructuring plan was not
signalled in its business plan.
However, an AgResearch spokesman yesterday pointed to the
''procurement'' section of its business case, which talks
about the appointment of a ''property project manager'' to
oversee the ''development and finalisation of the building
design, tendering process and building activities of the
''The requirement for project management services is noted on
pages 62 and 64 of the [case] along with architectural
design, quantity surveying and construction services to help
deliver our $100 million reinvestment in facilities.
''No organisation would undertake such a significant building
and refurbishment plan without engaging the appropriate
Dr Clark yesterday stood by his statement, saying there was
no suggestion in the business case an ''external'' project
manager would be appointed.
''There is certainly no signal that they would be going
externally for it, so I think the decision to look externally
has been made when they realised [they] are losing the public