Man quits job fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - LIBBY WIL­SON

A res­ig­na­tion has fol­lowed al­le­ga­tions made against a Mata­mata camp­ground cleaner, though his em­ployer says the two is­sues are not re­lated.

What hap­pens next at the Mata­mata Aero­drome camp­site is still to be de­cided by the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil.

The site was closed to the pub­lic early in Jan­uary, as coun­cil in­ves­ti­gated al­le­ga­tions against Be­van Hai­mona, which stemmed from a Face­book post writ­ten by a past vis­i­tor.

Hai­mona had been stood down from his part-time clean­ing du­ties dur­ing an em­ploy­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion but has since re­signed. He could not be con­tacted for com­ment.

‘‘We’ve been work­ing through an em­ploy­ment con­tract and he ob­vi­ously felt that he wished to re­sign rather than con­tinue on through the process,’’ Mata­mataPi­ako mayor Jan Barnes said.

‘‘This al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened in a prop­erty on the air­field that was rented – noth­ing to do with the em­ploy­ment. They were two sep­a­rate is­sues.’’

Hai­mona had been a part­timer, em­ployed to clean at the air­field, and also rented a house there.

He rented that un­der a sep­a­rate ar­range­ment as it didn’t come with the job.

When asked if the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent would con­tinue, Barnes said there should be clo­sure.

How­ever, she said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was an op­er­a­tional mat­ter and she was not sure what stage it was at.

‘‘We still have to work through the pub­lic ac­cess to the air­field. We have a lot of group book­ings and we get very lit­tle rev­enue from the in­de­pen­dent per­sons stay­ing in the bunkhouse so ... it’s some­thing that will come back to the coun­cil ta­ble,’’ she said.

The air­field is a won­der­ful as­set and coun­cil now wants to move for­ward, she said.

Cur­rently, the camp­ground’s bunk accommodation quar­ters are closed and the site is only cater­ing for planned, group book­ings.

Coun­cil may de­cide to keep it that way, but there are sev­eral op­tions, Barnes said.

The Mata­mata Aero­drome and camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties are on State High­way 27 at Wa­haroa, about 9km north of Mata­mata.

Face­book al­le­ga­tions prompted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an in­ci­dent at the Mata­mata Aero­drome camp­site.

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