November 13, 2018
National not letting up on Haumaha despite clearing report
National's Māori spokesperson says the Prime Minister still has questions to answer about the appointment of Wally Haumaha as deputy police commissioner.
The report of an independent inquiry by Queens Counsel Mary Scholtens released yesterday found the appointment process was sound and there was no relevant information omitted.
She said rumours and allegations around Mr Haumaha's time in Rotorua, including those raised by survivors' advocate Louise Nicholas, were carefully examined and either lacked any foundation or were clearly wrong.
Nuk Korako says National will continue to press for answers.
"Both the Police Minister Stuart Nash and the State Services Minister Chris Hipkins refuse to express confidence in Mr Haumaha's appointment. I think that really speaks volumes so I think the Prime Minister needs to be up front with all New Zealanders about whether she thinks Wally Haumaha is right for that role and the report certainly doesn't answer that question," he says.
The Government is still waiting for a report from the Independent Police Complaints Authority about an allegation Mr Haumaha bullied analysts from Justice and Corrections who were working with police on a joint project.
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