UPDATE. We are not under investigation by the Charities Commission or SFO. With the former a warning notice has been notified, we are in discussions and are contesting the warning notice. Nothing has been probed or investigated and Ms Weight from the Commission has knowingly misled the press. With the latest confirmation coming from the Serious Fraud Office, I hope the mainstream media show some balance and coverage of the latest developments.
John Tamihere, CEO Te Whānau o Waipareira
9 September 2022
Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust (the Trust) Parent of the Te Whānau O Waipareira Group PO Box 21081
Tāmaki Makaurau, 0650
By email to: Tima@grovedarlow.co.nz
Tēnā koe e te Rangatira, e Raymond Hall
Thank you for the letters of 3 May 2021 and 4 August 2021 in response to our warning notice dated 12 November 2020 concerning the Trust’s financial support for its Chief Executive’s Auckland Mayoralty campaign.
First, I must apologise for the delay in this response. This process was impacted by the COVID- 19 situation, and the related restrictions on meetings and travel, and impacts on staff health. I sincerely regret the delay in responding.
You will recall that the Trust requested a meeting with us to discuss our warning notice. I am writing to seek that meeting so that we can listen to the Trust’s response to the warning notice. I have also taken the opportunity to briefly discuss this matter with the Trust’s legal counsel, Tim Allan of Grove Darlow & Partners.
I provide the following timeline by way of background on this matter:
On 4 August 2021, the Trust’s legal counsel provided further information relating to the impact of the Trust’s support for the Mayoralty bid on its charitable purpose.
We welcome your request for a meeting with representatives of the Trust to listen to the Trust’s response to the warning notice. I hope to arrange such a meeting at the Trust’s convenience and will liaise with the Trust’s counsel, if that is appropriate.
In the meantime, if you wish to discuss this matter, please feel free to contact me on my details listed below. Please note that Dave Sayers is not currently in his Investigations Manager role owing to personal circumstances.
Nāku noa, nā
Kaiwhakahaere Waeture | Manager Regulatory
Ngā Rātonga Kaupapa Atawhai | Charities Services
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