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Kōhanga Reo Non-Probe Already Evident

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Kōhanga Reo Non-Probe Already Evident

19 MARCH 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Responding to media reports that the Government has referred the commercial arm of the Kohanga Reo National Trust to the Serious Fraud Office following new allegations received in the last 12 hours, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:

“This is what happens when you commission a report to carefully dissect around the key allegations that led to the public outcry.”

“The key allegation that taxpayer money, meant for children, was used for unspecified cash withdrawals, fuel and frocks was out of the scope of the EY investigation.”

“There was never value in investigating the Kohanga Reo National Trust, when it was Te Pataka Ohanga staff that were allegedly misspending. It appears that the misdirected enquiry is already coming back to bite Hekia Parata.”

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