NZ: Data leak: Real estate staffer fired

Auckland’s biggest real estate firm has fired the employee who leaked the sales data that sparked a controversy about the number of overseas Chinese buying houses in New Zealand.

Barfoot & Thompson‘s managing director, Peter Thompson, and chief executive, Wendy Alexander, confirmed the sacking after conducting an investigation into the leak, which Labour used to show a disproportionate amount of residential sales to people with Chinese surnames.

The staff member admitted passing on confidential sales data, Mr Thompson said.

Read more on Otago Daily Times. Stuff reports that the fired staffer is Grant Hargrave, but he had neither confirmed nor denied that allegation.

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