Sir Ngatata Love denied bail ahead of appeal of conviction and sentence
Sir Ngatata Love has been denied bail, as he appeals his conviction for defrauding the Wellington Tenths Trust.
In a decision released on Wednesday Justice Forrest Miller declined Love's application to be released until his appeal, which is to be heard in mid-February, 2017.
Love is appealing both his conviction and his sentence of two and a half years in prison.
The former chief executive of Te Puni Kokiri and New Zealand Post director was sent to jail on October 7 after Justice Graham Lang said he saw no sign of remorse from the 78 year-old, who was earlier found guilty of obtaining property by deception.
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Love was found guilty after a three week trial in the High Court in Wellington.
The trial covered the payment from an Auckland property developer who won contracts to develop on Tenths Trust land, which went into an account he jointly controlled with his then partner Lorraine Skiffington.
The money was used to pay down a loan on a beachfront home on Moana Road in Plimmerton, Wellington.