[EXCLUSIVE] Police complaint against Paul “Weiner” Findlay’s fellow QTopia board member


When Paul Findlay was aroused at the thought of having sex with a virgin while messaging explicit text and photos of his erect penis to someone he didn’t know, he couldn’t have foreseen that would lift the lid on his life and a disturbing sub culture involving at-risk youth and those who present themselves as trusted people to help vulnerable and confused children.

Apart from standing for a local Community Board, Paul Findlay was also on the board of QTopia, a “gender diversity support network”.  Findlay resigned from the board the same day Whaleoil published his “Wiener” moment, an understandable move to ensure the amount of collateral damage that may come from Findlay’s private mistakes didn’t cause any splashback on the reputation of QTopia, its board, volunteers and members.

Eyebrows were raised high as QTopia Board Chairman Neil Hellewell went to press on GayNZ.com with an article titled Findlay showed “utmost integrity” on youth board.   In it he suggested Paul Findlay was a victim of an organised sting, something that I had ruled out during a number of interviews.

But it wasn’t left there.  Hellewell went to bat for Paul Findlay in public suggesting the real story was still to come out, and Paul Findlay was going to be owed an apology once this real story was known.

As a chairman of QTopia, this was an irresponsible stance to take.  There can not be any excuse, even within the context of an organised sting, for an adult to groom minors for sex.  

As QTopia supports people as young as twelve, the mere suggestion of any wrongdoing should have sent everyone running for higher ground and throwing Paul Findlay and anyone who even remotely supports him under the bus.

Since QTopia “meets every 2 weeks with a voluntary group of facilitators aged 18-35”, you have a recipe for utter disaster if the board is aware of serious breaches of trust.  It is worse if the board is actively trying to cover it up.   It is worse still if another board member is engaging in illegal activities.

Whaleoil has been informed that two people will meet with Police today to lay an official complaint against another QTopia board member who “works for a major national mental health provider with at risk youth.”

They attempted to meet with the board a few nights ago last night to discuss their concerns but were prevented from doing so.  As a result they intend to lay an official complaint against a sitting QTopia board member with Christchurch Police today.

[Q-topia] Facilitators are governed by a code of ethics and are overseen and supported by a board that have established Q-topia as an incorporated society and are members of the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective

Why is Neil Hellewell defending Paul Findlay in public?

Why did Neil Hellewell call the police on two members of the public who tried to attend a board meeting to raise concerns?

It is time Hellewell considers his own advice and considers what cause of action is appropriate under the circumstances.


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