26 Apr 2012

Auditor-General requested to look into wharewaka funding

9:33 pm on 26 April 2012

The Auditor-General's office says it has received a request to look into aspects of funding relating to Te Taukura on the Wellington waterfront.

Te Wharewaka o Poneke, which was opened on Waitangi Day last year, was at the centre of a lengthy dispute about a specially built waka.

Elders from a Wellington-based Taranaki tribal collective last year also argued a hui should not be held at the site because it lacked a cultural connection.

The Auditor-General's office says it is too early to say how it will respond to the request, but inquiries are carried out in private.

It could not confirm who lodged the request.