Sonny Tau resigns as Ngāpuhi chairman

Source: 1 NEWS

Iwi have accepted Ngāpuhi chairperson Sonny Tau’s resignation, following what it says are “allegations circulating” about Mr Tau.

The Ngapuhi leader was ordered to pay $24,500 and sentenced to community detention today.

In a statement today, Te Rūnanga-ā-iwi ō Ngāpuhi CEO Lorraine Toki and Deputy Chair Mere Mangu said iwi business would continue as usual.

“At this time we have not been notified by Mr Tau, his lawyers or Police of any charges,” they said.

Ms Toki said she would not comment further while “any pending investigations into allegations” were with police.

Mr Tau served as Ngāpuhi’s chairperson since 2009.

In 2016, Mr Tau was fined and sentenced to community detention and community service after pleading guilty to a charge of killing and possessing protected kereru and for perverting the course of justice.