Appendix 1: List of people interviewed

Inquiry into the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership.

We met with or spoke to:

  • Hon Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs since November 2008;
  • Hon Tim Groser, Minister of Trade November 2008 to December 2015, currently New Zealand's Ambassador to the United States of America;
  • Speaker Rt Hon David Carter, Minister of Agriculture, November 2008 to December 2011, and Minister for Primary Industries, December 2011 to January 2013;
  • Hon Jim Anderton, Deputy Prime Minister 1999-2002, Minister of Agriculture 2005-2008;
  • Mr John Allen, Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade from mid-2009 to early 2015;
  • Mr Murray Sherwin, Chief Executive and Director-General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, November 2001 to November 2010;
  • officials from the Ministry, NZTE, MPI, and the Treasury;
  • private sector business leaders involved in the Partnership; and
  • individuals who approached the Auditor-General with information they considered might be helpful to the inquiry.

We also consulted the Serious Fraud Office, which told us that it had received a complaint and that its evaluation of the available information meant it did not think an investigation would disclose serious or complex fraud. The Serious Fraud Office asked us to refer any concerns about serious or complex fraud, bribery, or corruption to it, should such concerns arise during the course of our inquiry. We did not need to make such a referral.