• Sir Ngatata Love has been found guilty of obtaining property by deception following a fraud trial.

Justice Graham Lang read the decision in the High Court in Wellington on Thursday.

Love was charged following a serious fraud office investigation in 2013, with the trial beginning on August 3.

The charges related to a payment made by property developer Redwood to a company controlled by Love’s partner, Lorraine Skiffington.

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Sir Ralph Heberley Ngatata Love

Ross Giblin. Sir Ralph Heberley Ngatata Love appears in the Wellington High Court at the start of the trial on fraud charges.


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