Money miss­ing at Porirua Vik­ings

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The Porirua Vik­ings Club has laid a fraud com­plaint with the po­lice.

An in­ter­nal au­dit car­ried out last year showed there was $60,000 miss­ing from the club funds. Kapi-Mana News un­der­stands the fig­ure could be higher.

Kapiti Mana Po­lice pre­ven­tion man­ager James McKay con­firmed a com­plaint had been laid and was wait­ing to be picked up by a mem­ber of the CIB.

‘‘It’s with the CIB and still to be as­signed. There’s no tim­ing at the mo­ment,’’ he said.

A year ago the au­dit re­vealed miss­ing re­ceipts and a lack of doc­u­men­ta­tion from 2013 and 2014. It took sev­eral months be­fore pa­per­work could be found that showed fraud had taken place.

New Vik­ings chair­man Da­mon Ron­go­taua, who has been in the job six weeks, said the club had found it­self in a sit­u­a­tion ‘‘no one wants to be in’’.

He said nei­ther he nor any­one from the cur­rent board were aware of what had taken place be­fore the re­sults of the au­dit.

‘‘We’re not talk­ing a huge amount of money, but it’s not a small amount, and when you con­sider what rugby league clubs need to run, it’s sig­nif­i­cant.

‘‘We want to know how this hap­pened and that’s why the po­lice are in­volved.’’

Ron­go­taua said he re­alised hav­ing the news of the fraud in the me­dia could be seen as a body blow for the Vik­ings, but he said that it was far from the death knell for the club.

Welling­ton Rugby League was aware of the sit­u­a­tion and had of­fered ad­vice, Ron­go­taua said.

He said there had been no out­side grants for the Vik­ings in the past year, so uni­forms had not been up­graded. There would prob­a­bly not be any fund­ing for the com­ing 12 months, he said, un­til the club got its house in or­der.

‘‘Bernie [Wood, for­mer club pres­i­dent], rest in peace, would be un­happy be­cause we’ve had to charge our ju­niors subs for the first time. It’s not much, but it had to hap­pen.’’

Ron­go­taua said pre­mier play­ers such as Shel­don Akavi were stand­ing up, play­ing, coach­ing and vol­un­teer­ing for other du­ties where they could.

The Vik­ings were na­tional com­mu­nity rugby league club of the year in 2011. They are cur­rently bot­tom of the Welling­ton pre­mier ta­ble. the com­mu­nity. I think it’s im­por­tant to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to vol­un­teers.’’

Each nom­i­nee who met the cri­te­ria of ‘‘en­hanc­ing the Tawa com­mu­nity’’ will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate, to be pre­sented by Welling­ton mayor Celia Wade-Brown at the awards cer­e­mony on May 27.

The Tawa com­mu­nity had a lot of or­gan­i­sa­tions which would have wor­thy nom­i­nees, Spar­row said.

‘‘The whole idea of it is to recog­nise some­one who has been a vol­un­teer on a long-term ba­sis.’’ Nom­i­na­tions, which close on Fri­day, May 6, can be dropped at Mervyn Kemp li­brary, sub­mit­ted on­line at welling­ton.govt.nz/rd/tawa or sent to the Tawa Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 5 Cam­bridge St, Tawa.

The Vik­ings are hav­ing trou­bles on and off the park at present.

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