Native Affairs investigates Māori disability support service

By Wepiha Te Kanawa
Te Rōpū Taurima o Manukau Trust

Te Rōpū Taurima o Manukau Trust has the vital job of looking after the intellectually disabled, but it's in financial trouble.

Eight months ago, former Midlands manager of Te Rōpū Taurima o Manukau Trust Tony Tietie began investigating the high cost of repairs on the Trust fleet of vehicles.

Tony Tietie has told Native Affairs their spending got out of hand when they changed to a car repair service in Hamilton called Art Automotive, the Trust's bill went from $76,000 in a year to $170,000.

There are also questions about the bills on repairs that Peter Horvarth carried out on the Trust houses.  He charged the Trust $370,000 over a 20 month period. He's not a certified master builder.

Tony took his concerns to the trust CEO Malcolm Robson, the trust then sacked Tony Tietie for what was said was a breach of confidentiality.

Tony Tietie told Native Affairs that he “ shocked and feel(s) for the Mokopuna that we support."

While Trust's assets manager Saul Roberts has resigned, the Trust is investigating the matter and it's believed staff are taking their concerns to the Police.

For more on the investigation, tune in to Native Affairs tonight at 8:30pm.