9 Oct 2017

Ngātata Love released from prison

4:14 pm on 9 October 2017

Ngātata Love will be released from prison today after serving less than a year of his original two-and-a-half year sentence.

Sir Ngatata Love during his trial in the High Court of Wellington on 6 October 2016.

Ngātata Love during his trial in October last year. Photo: RNZ / Aaron Smale

Love was granted parole in August because of his ill health and his lack of risk to the public.

At a High Court trial last year, the 80-year-old was found to have sold his influence as chair of the iwi organisation, the Wellington Tenths Trust, to a group working on a property development in the capital.

The developers paid $1.5 million to a company run by his late partner Lorraine Skiffington, but most of the money was used to pay down a mortgage on the couple's home.

Earlier this year, Love appealed his original sentence of two-and-a-half year sentence, but the Court of Appeal upheld it.

As part of his bail conditions he is not allowed any contact with the Wellington Tenths Trust.

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