Apol­ogy

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On Fe­bru­ary 1 we car­ried an ar­ti­cle con­cern­ing the hos­pi­tal ac­com­mo­da­tion on the old Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal site in Porirua.

The ar­ti­cle iden­ti­fied brothers Howard Metekingi and Ariel Metekingi as the own­ers of Kenepuru In­ter­na­tional Trad­ing (KIT) and al­leged they had re­ceived a very sub­stan­tial sum of money for the re­fur­bish­ment of the site but had failed to use the funds to achieve that.

It also may have im­plied that a sum of money had been re­ceived by them from the Whi­tireia In­de­pen­dent Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (WISA) with­out the is­sue of a re­ceipt and that those funds may not have been prop­erly ac­counted for.

We now ac­cept that there was no foun­da­tion what­so­ever for any such claims. We ac­cept that no such funds have been paid to the Metekingis, KIT, or to any other per­son con­nected with the Kenepuru hos­tel for the pur­pose of re­fur­bish­ing it.

We ac­cept that there is no ev­i­dence to sug­gest that the Metekingis, KIT, or any other per­son con­nected with the Kenepuru hos­tel has re­ceived any funds from WISA.

We also ac­cept there was no re­la­tion­ship be­tween KIT and for­mer WISA pres­i­dent Loretta Ry­der be­yond Ms Ry­der rent­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion at the Kenepuru hos­tel.

We apol­o­gise un­re­servedly to Howard Metekingi, Ariel Metekingi and KIT for any dis­tress or em­bar­rass­ment the ar­ti­cle may have caused them.

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