The trust paid no tax on Tamihere's "koha"
I find if very hard to believe that John Tamihere's $195,000 payment was a koha particularly as koha are for covering of costs of hosting people at a Marae. So when was the Marae visit? Why wasn't tax paid on it? And why are Maori paying a "koha" of $195,000?
We know this payment is as much of a koha as I believe tax would not have been paid on it had this issue not been on the front pages and in the blogs. Koha is a public gift, this payment was a private $195,000 golden handshake. Now Tamihere is calling it a golden koha. Cullen and Clark will not be able to defend that "koha" comment.
Anyway the tax on the money still has to be paid by the Waipaereira Trust. And I'm sure Tamihere KNEW no tax was paid on the money, just as much as the Waipaereira Trust states that it is not a koha..
How many tax-payer funded koha have been paid without a "koha" to the IRD? Now there's something for Rodney Hide to investigate. Tax has to be paid on ALL koha.