Minister receives report into Wally Haumaha appointment

Cabinet will today discuss the government’s response to the Wally Haumaha report, and whether it will be released publicly.

Senior lawyer Mary Scholtens carried out an investigation into the process leading up to Mr Haumaha’s appointment as deputy Police Commissioner.

The inquiry was sparked when it emerged Mr Haumaha made comments in 2004, defending police officers accused of raping Louise Nicholas in the 1990s.

Subsequently there have been allegations of bullying behaviour from staff working on a joint government agency project headed by Mr Haumaha.

Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin said she had received the report, but will have to discuss it with Cabinet colleagues before deciding whether to release it.

Earlier Ms Martin said the inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to Mr Haumaha’s appointment.

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