“Ex”-QTopia board member Paul “Weiner” Findlay won’t face criminal investigation

Nicole Mathewson reports

A criminal investigation will not be launched after explicit photographs and messages involving a former Christchurch community board candidate were leaked online.

Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board candidate Paul Findlay withdrew from the election on Friday after explicit messages and photographs shared with a person believed to be aged 15 were leaked on an online blog.

The 27-year-old candidate for The People’s Choice party also quit his role on the board of Qtopia, a peer support group for gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex youth.

A peer support group run as an Incorporated Society that receives public funding.

Detective Senior Sergeant Neville Jenkins said an assessment of the material found ”insufficient detail” for police to take the matter any further.

”It does, however, highlight the foolishness and risk associated with sending private material which is of an indecent nature through social networks. There is always the prospect of it ending up with someone it wasn’t intended for,” Jenkins said.  

The People’s Choice campaign manager, Sara Epperson, said Findlay had told Christchurch’s electoral officer that he would not accept a seat on the community board if he was elected.

He may not say he’ll accept a seat, but he is still able to be elected.

From the vote.co.nz web site, just now



And The Press published this only yesterday

via coNZervative

via coNZervative

He may have “resigned” from QTopia, and The People’s Choice may have stated they have washed their hands of him, but the facts are that he’s still running for a Community Board position and he’s still actively promoted right now as a People’s Choice candidate.

So even though The Press report Paul Findlay as a “former Christchurch community board candidate”, the same article has The People’s Choice campaign manager, Sara Epperson stating that “[Paul] would not accept a seat on the community board if he was elected“.

The web site and The Press election liftout both still promote Findlay as a candidate.

I think it is fair to say he hasn’t stepped down at all.

Which also throws public statements about his resignation from Q-Topia made by Q-Topia Board Chairman Neil Hellewell in doubt.

What people say and what they do not seem to line up.

The sort of thing QTopia Chairman Neil Hellewell preaches against.

Can we trust these people to be truthful when they make public statements?

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