Dixon pleads guilty in Far North Maori trust fraud case

A former trustee of a trust which manages a large block of forested Maori land has pleaded guilty to defrauding the entity of nearly $1 million in a Serious Fraud Office prosecution.

Margaret Dixon pleaded guilty to three representative charges of theft by person in special relationship under the Crimes Act at the Auckland District Court on May 3.

Ms Dixon’s brother, Stephen Henare, faces six charges of theft by person in special relationship also in relation to his role as a trustee of Parengarenga 3G (P3G) Trust, which manages a 512 hectare forest block in the Tai Tokerau District of the Far North. 

Mr Henare has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is due to appear in the Auckland District Court for a case review hearing on May 23.

Ms Dixon intentionally failed to deal with $934,270 of the trust’s funds in accordance with the P3G Trust Order. With the alleged involvement of Mr Henare, Ms Dixon facilitated the transfer of a significant amount of the trust’s money into various other bank accounts, including personal accounts and family trusts. 

Mr Henare is separately charged with intentionally failing to deal with an additional amount of $149,627 in accordance with the P3G Trust Order - without the involvement of Ms Dixon.  

Ms Dixon is scheduled to reappear in the Auckland District Court for sentencing on July 6.


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Here we go.....yet another Maori trust in trouble.
When will they learn the basic rules of management of other peoples money.
It is a tenant of pride to succeed with good management.
Some have learnt it and done well ...other have wasted what should be the only chance they get.
But will it be.

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And as for those bloody Pakeha running finance companies ...

PS it's "tenet"

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Briers, Love, Graham and from memory a whole host of others. Still I suppose that's different.

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Yes Bungee, it seems to be a case of 'tenet of pride' versus 'surreptitious intent' that has little to do with pride, and if you google "Donna Awatere Huata jailed" you will get some idea of how long behaviour of this sort has been undermining the pride and progress of the people of New Zealand.

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Good points Bungee and don't forget the Pakehas running banks. I think, and am open to correction, that the relationship between a finance company/bank and client is not a trustee type.Finace company/Bank depositors are simply unsecured creditors , according to Chief Justice Lord Goddard I too thought it was "tenet."

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Look here this is tribal and some have access to the cookie jar and others do not.

Another case of Iwi-bashing.

Are you referring to Te Tai Tokerua

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