Issued Thursday 27 June 2019 at 4.41pm:
The statement below was issued by outgoing Secretary to the Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf in response to the 27 June release of findings from the SSC’s investigation into his statements and actions in relation to the accessing of Budget information.
"Mr Ombler’s investigation was conducted thoroughly and fairly. I have read the report carefully and encourage others to do so. I apologise that Budget information was not kept secure. The inquiry that I asked the SSC Commissioner to undertake will help us understand exactly how that happened and how to stop it happening again.
The report confirms I acted at all times in good faith and with political neutrality. It also confirms that I acted reasonably, other than in my descriptions of the incident. I am pleased that my honesty and integrity are not in question.
It has been my privilege to have had the opportunity to serve New Zealanders and I’m very proud of what my Treasury team has achieved over the last 8 years."