The Te Mangai Paho saga began when chief executive Trevor Moeke gave an old friend a job.
It was October 2000 and Mr Moeke was looking for a temporary radio manager.
He had worked with Tame Te Rangi in the 1990s at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
A month later, Mr Moeke decided to make Mr Te Rangi a permanent employee after advertising the job and interviewing five candidates.
That was his first mistake.
The second was that while Mr Te Rangi's references were checked, Mr Moeke failed to ensure he declared any criminal convictions - a standard process for most jobs in the public and private sectors.
It meant Mr Te Rangi, who was to handle contracts with a combined value of $10 million, did not have to reveal that he had spent five months in jail for fraud in the early 1990s.
He did time after stealing almost $40,000 from a Ngati Whatua trust.
After his job was made permanent, Mr Te Rangi reviewed and appraised radio funding applications, recommended approvals, monitored compliance and maintained funding databases.
As Sir Bob Jones aptly put it, Auckland Council is ‘being too tolerant of Maori wonderfulness with the result that they have created a cult of racketeering and extortion.’ He could not have put it better or been more correct, morally if not politically. The criminals are running the asylum and once again it is the hapless ratepayers of Auckland who are footing the bill.
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