All Blacks bodyguard banned
One of the All Blacks' bodyguards has been banned from being a company director.
The Registrar of Companies has prohibited Christchurch-based Jayson Ryan, who provides security for the All Blacks, the Breakers and the Ellerslie Flower Show, from being a director of a company for a period of 30 months from March 19 this year.
Ryan's large stature and protective manner have made him a prominent figure at major events, especially rugby.
His companies, Ryan Security and Consulting (Christchurch) Ltd and Ryan Security and Consulting (Auckland) Ltd, were placed in liquidation in April on an application by Inland Revenue. The companies owed GST and PAYE tax, including penalties, amounting to $969,000.
The companies' liquidators, Malcolm Hollis and Maurice Noone, of PricewaterhouseCoopers, said they had asked Ryan to repay large inter-company debts and large amounts of "administration costs" paid to another Ryan company in the year before the liquidations.
They also referred Ryan to the Directors Prohibition Unit of the Registrar of Companies.
The liquidators' most recent report said a formal demand for the repayment of inter-company loans had been made. Ryan was making payments of $1000 a week while an offer was considered, the liquidators said.
Ryan was the director and shareholder of Ryan Security and Consulting Ltd, which was put into liquidation in December 2008, owing Inland Revenue GST and PAYE of about $225,000, according to Companies Office records.
As of this week, Ryan was still listed as a director of four companies other than the two in liquidation. He did not reply to approaches from The Press.
Ryan is licensed under the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010 as a crowd controller, personal guard, document destroyer and private investigator. The licence expires in 2017.
Under the act, a prohibition on being a director of a company is not grounds for withdrawal of a licence.
Executive officer of the New Zealand Security Association, Greg Watts, said his organisation strived for high ethical standards and Ryan's difficulties were "not good" for the industry.
Ryan was not a member of the association, he said.