Trust's financial discrepancies prompt formal complaint

By Wepiha Te Kanawa

It's the moment Tony Tietie has been waiting eight months for, to make a formal complaint to police into what he says is a serious issue.

Counties Manukau Police have said they will assess the information provided and have asked for statements from the complainants. If appropriate, they will conduct an investigation or refer it to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

On Native Affairs, Tony Tietie revealed he was the whistle blower who highlighted major money discrepancies within the government-funded Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau Trust, a Māori disability support service.  Later, Tietie was sacked after making inquiries into overpriced invoices to the trust.

Tony Tietie says he's not the only one who's been sacked for raising concerns about financial mismanagement within the trust. Today, he and others will take their concerns to the Ministry of Health and the SFO.

Tony Tietie and two other complainants will give their statement's to police on Thursday.