The airport confirmed on Wednesday that it had dismissed a non-executive employee and called in police after uncovering “unexplained transactions” to the tune of $1.8 million, adding that the unnamed employee will also be pursued through the courts.
Chief financial officer Phil Neutz said the investigation was still ongoing and attempted to reassure investors.
"It is important for investors to note that while this is a very serious matter, the sum of money involved does not impact our current financial statements or previous reported results," he said.
Danny Toresen, a director of private investigation firm Thompson and Toresen, said employee theft is widespread and indiscriminate.
"It can be any industry, from small family-owned to big public companies,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “Most businesses put trust into people and there's always a certain percentage of the population who will abuse that trust.”
Yet another high-profile employee-fraud case seems to have hit New Zealand, with Auckland International Airport at the centre of the latest financial scandal.