The photos speak for themselves but it remains murky as to why no privacy transition plan or document shredding plan was put in place. My uncle rifled through the files, including one of his 'best' friend'.
The Ministry’s deputy chief executive of community investment, Murray Edridge said Relationships Aotearoa had been “uncooperative” and was spreading "mischievous nonsense".
Labour's social development spokeswoman Carmel Sepuloni said the closure would raise privacy issues. It appears she was correct.
EDIT: ON a personal note, I am sorry if this causes distress to people who have used the service and fear their files were left in the open. However, I believe this kind of privacy breach must be exposed so it doesn’t happen again. Especially by someone with as few morals as my uncle. He revelled in in this problem.
UPDATE: As I understand it, the exterior doors of the building were unlocked but the particular office in which these boxes were was a locked room. When I went to the building on Tuesday July 28 (weeks after RA was closed), that office door was unlocked as receivers were due to pick the files up. These files should still have been secured somewhere off-site. The offices are on a busy corner of Christchurch in a city where abandoned buildings are home to rough sleepers, especially since the quakes. Anyone could have knocked the door in. I believe the process of RA's closure and handover was done in haste which is why these kinds of things can occur.
EDIT: I DEEPLY REGRET FOLLOWING THIS STORY BECAUSE IT HAD FAMILY IMPLICATIONS; MY UNCLE, LESLIE RAYMOND RAWLINGS LED ME TO BELIEVE THIS WAS LEGAL. I AM NOT SURE IT WAS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON HIM, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
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