A ministerial investigation into the affairs of Te Aupōuri Māori Trust Board has found no evidence of wrongdoing.
Earlier this year the board closed its Kaitaia offices and shut down a number of its social services resulting in job losses.
The board advised the Māori Development Minister of its financial problems and requested an inquiry.
Today, they have been cleared of any criminal activity.
“The investigation found no evidence of fraud or mismanagement. I am pleased to hear that this is the case,” says Te Ururoa Flavell.
However, the report confirms the board is insolvent.
The minister has instructed the board to comply with its financial reporting requirements and to continue working with Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupōuri “to address liabilities and risks identified in the report.”