Following information regarding Mr Winston Peter’s Superannuation payments entering the public arena, the Ministry launched an investigation to assess whether there was any indication that a Ministry employee may have been the source of the information.
"That process is now complete, and we can confirm that all staff that had access to the relevant information had a reasonable business purpose for accessing it, and there is no evidence that this information was passed to a third party," says a statement from the Ministry.
"The Ministry holds a great deal of very personal information about people and their families that New Zealanders trust us to safeguard.
"Both data searches and staff interviews were employed in this investigation."
If further information relating to this matter comes to light, MSD will make further investigations as necessary.