Labour alleges conflict of interest in Crown Fibre Holdings

Board member an advisor to Huawei

Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran claims that there is a possible conflict of interest with Crown Fibre Holdings board member Murray Milner and his role as an advisor to Huawei.

In a statement released this afternoon Curran says ICT Minister Steven Joyce needs to clear up any perception of conflict between Milner's position on the CFH board and his role as a consultant to technology supplier Huawei.

“Revelations that Crown Fibre Holdings’ director Murray Milner acted as a consultant for Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, whilst simultaneously serving as a director for Crown Fibre Holdings represents a potential conflict that ICT Minister Steven Joyce must address,” she says in the statement. “Huawei, which is vying to win lucrative contracts to provide equipment for the rollout of ultrafast broadband, hosted a seminar in partnership with CFH in September. Murray Milner represented and promoted products from Huawei at the seminar, while making no mention of his position as a CFH board member.” She says the CFH is going beyond the role of simply selecting partners for the UFB. “A document obtained by the Labour Party clearly shows that Crown Fibre Holdings is managing the tendering process to provide ‘coordination assistance, and commercial and technical advice’ to the UFB selected partners in electing the equipment suppliers for passive infrastructure and layer 2 equipment for UFB.” Computerworld has asked ICT Minister Steven Joyce and Murray Milner for comment.

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