No evidence of leak
An investigation has found no evidence any Ministerial Services staff leaked information to the media about Winston Peters being overpaid superannuation for several years.
The Department of Internal Affairs interviewed Ministerial Services staff and searched digital records as part of its investigation.
The probe found five Ministerial Services employees had received the information before it was reported by media but there was no evidence they provided the information to any third parties, a Department of Internal Affairs spokesperson said.
Two other government agencies — the Ministry of Social Development and Inland Revenue — have also denied any of their staff were involved in the leak.
MSD said in a statement earlier yesterday that all staff who had access to the relevant information had a reasonable business purpose for accessing it, and there was no evidence that this information was passed to a third party.