Man quits job following investigation
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.