Tenths Trust

Thieving Maori ratbag jailed for two and half years

For years this case was kept secret, and then name suppression expired.

Now Sir Ngatata Love has been jailed for being a thieving ratbag.

Former Treaty of Waitangi claims negotiator Ngatata Love has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison after being convicted of taking a secret payment of $1.5 million while chairman of the Wellington Tenths Trust.

At the High Court in Wellington, Justice Graham Lang said the maximum penalty for the charge was seven years’ imprisonment?and an appropriate starting point would be four years nine months. Had Love been the sole offender, the judge said he would have accepted a starting point of five-to-five-and-a-half years?but lowered it because of Lorraine Skiffington’s involvement.

“I don’t know what kind of influence she had?but the fact she must have had some influence is the only inference to be drawn after you led such a blameless life in the past. What you cannot escape is Ms Skiffington was not a trustee,” Justice Lang said.

“The most important factor is the fact that your offending involves a gross breach of trust,” the judge said. “The other trustees left it to you to deal solely with the developers. You took advantage of the trust they placed in you to acquire a very substantial sum of money.” ? Read more »

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