Post by Kiwi Frontline on Jul 31, 2020 4:48:28 GMT 12
IWI GROUP ACCEPTS $300K FROM MINISTER AFTER AGREEING TO HOLD ELECTION, THEN RENEGES
A treaty group accepted $300,000 from the Treaty Minister days before resiling from its promise to him that it would hold elections, documents reveal.
Piri Prentice, chair of the Mana Ahuriri Trust (MAT), a post-settlement governance entity representing seven Napier hapu, sent Treaty Minister Andrew Little an email last year agreeing to hold fresh elections for trustees.
Documents released under the Official Information Act reveal that Little, after receiving Prentice’s assurance, had approved a $360,000 payment for exceptional circumstances. $310,000 of this was paid on June 10 – a week before the Trust resiled from its promise.......