Trust awaits po­lice in­quiry

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A Porirua-based trust con­firmed last week that an in­de­cent as­sault be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice in­volves one of its own staff mem­bers.

Taeao­manino Trust, which has its of­fices in the old Porirua Hospi­tal grounds, is­sued a state­ment but said no fur­ther com­ment would be made un­til af­ter an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a trust board meet­ing to­mor­row.

The po­lice en­quiry comes af­ter com­plaints from for­mer NZ Aids Foun­da­tion clients. Taeao­manino chief ex­ec­u­tive Utulei An­tipas says while they in no way con­done the be­hav­iour, ‘‘un­til the staff mem­ber has en­tered a plea we will not spec­u­late on the ve­rac­ity of the charges’’.

He says the trust has not been for­mally asked by the NZ Aids Foun­da­tion or the po­lice to as­sist in any in­ves­ti­ga­tion and any­thing re­lated to em­ploy­ment of the staff mem­ber will be de­ter­mined only af­ter they hold their in­ter­nal re­view.

Taeao­manino Trust is no stranger to con­tro­versy, af­ter $107,000 of tax­payer funds went miss­ing in 2010 and there were al­le­ga­tions of over­in­flated ex­pense claims and se­nior man­agers em­ploy­ing rel­a­tives.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides so­cial sup­port ser­vices to Pa­cific fam­i­lies and groups in Porirua, such as fam­ily ther­apy, home-based help and al­co­hol and drug coun­selling. They have re­ceived Fam­ily Start and Whanau Ora fund­ing.

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