September 02, 2021
Political posturing fails to move Auditor General
The Audit Office has dismissed a complaint by National Party leader Judith Collins about a decision to fund the Mongrel Mob-linked Kahukura drug rehabilitation programme from the proceeds of Crime Fund.
Auditor General John Ryan says the decision was made in line with the process set out in the terms of reference for the fund.
The application made by the Ministry of Health included a detailed proposal by H2R Research and Consulting Limited for a marae-based rehabilitation initiative to reduce methamphetamine dependency, facilitate and support trauma recovery, and enhance positive whanau and identity development in these communities.
He says the ministry has controls in place to monitor the delivery of the programme.
Mr Ryan also rejected National police spokesperson Simeon Brown’s complaint about a koha given by the Chief Human Rights Commissioner to a hui organised by the Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom chapter.
He says it’s not his office’s role to consider whether koha should be given to a particular recipient, and the payment appears consistent with its sensitive expenditure guidance and the Human Rights Commission’s own policy.
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