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.