The report into bullying allegations levelled at National MP for Tauranga Sam Uffindell by Maria Dew KC is unlikely to be released to the public.
Uffindell was stood down from caucus on 9 August when the allegations came to light.
Dew’s report looked into Uffindell’s time at King’s College, then later at University.
Fourteen people were interviewed or provided statements. While Uffindell accepted that he had been a ‘bully’ at King’s, details of the assault on the Year 9 boy when Uffindell was Year 11, were disputed. Uffindell was asked to leave King’s following the incident.
An allegation made by a female former university flatmate was deemed by Dew to have been ‘not as reported’ by media. The report concluded that no allegations of bullying outside of Uffindell’s time at King’s College could be substantiated.
Maria Dew KC report “did not substantiate any allegations of bullying, outside of Sam Uffindell’s time at Kings College.” He’s here with party president Sylvia Wood, and leader Chris Luxon. pic.twitter.com/R3hHXFyKWd
— Aaron Dahmen (@dahmenaaron) September 19, 2022
Textbook management of a messy affair by Christopher Luxon. Uffindell exonerated and now returning to Caucus. If only Labour were more open and transparent about the recent bad behaviour of its people than the Nats have been with Sam’s deep past. #nzpol
— Hamish Price (@hamishpricenz) September 19, 2022