Louisa and the Landlady

I have blogged repeatedly about MPs using their time in parliament to enrich themselves or their party or an affiliate at the taxpayers expense.

Louisa Wall inspects the new office

The Greens had a nice little rort going with their super fund owning the house they live in and parliamentary services accommodation allowances covering the rent and paying the mortgages while the fund scored the tax free capital gain.

I’ve blogged about the Maritime Union renting Grant Robertson’s office.

Now I have discovered that Louisa Wall has placed herself in a potential conflict of interest situation.

Louisa Wall is the Member of Parliament for Manurewa. She was selected after massive union meddling in George Hawkins old seat.

She has also recently opened her new office at 265 Great South Road, Manurewa. It used to be a car yard but is now the MP’s electorate office.

A search of the title and property records for 265 Great South Road, Manurewa shows that it purchased on 9 November 2011, a couple of weeks before the General Election for $405,000, a nice little bargain after trimming $50,000 off the listing price.

New Prue Sweeps Clean

The new owner is listed as TKL Limted. Company Office records show that the sole director and sole shareholder of the 1000 shares is one Prudence Jane Tamatekapua. She also goes by the name Prue Kapua at her “law firm” which is actually trough central.

Prue Kapua is the civil union partner of Louisa Wall.

So in preparation of Louisa Wall winning the safe Labour seat of Manurewa they went out and sourced a likely property for the new electorate office, purchased it at a nice tidy discount and then have presumably leased the property to Parliamentary Services.

It’s a nice earner if you can find it.

However to be fair there are some questions that need answering first in order to clarify the situation.

  • Is the potential pecuniary interest in the property registered with Parliamentary Services (the latest register hasn’t been released yet)
  • Is TKL Limited charging peppercorn rental or commercial rents?
  • If peppercorn, then has the difference between what Parliamentary Services has paid and the real commercial market rent for the premises been declared as a donation to the Labour party?

Right now it doesn’t look good with the appearance of an MP and her partner seemingly enriching themselves at the expense of the taxpayer.

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