Sex trade links to Christchurch youth charity [Te Poaka Tipua Charitable Trust]

An investigation has exposed links between the sex industry and a charitable trust apparently set up to help vulnerable youth.

It also reveals the involvement of a former political figure convicted for giving cash and cigarettes to a teenage boy in exchange for sex.

Christchurch-based Te Poaka Tipua Charitable Trust, which operates out of an old office block on Buckleys Rd, Linwood, was incorporated in September.

Its paperwork shows it was established to help poverty-stricken youths, particularly those in the eastern suburbs.

* Former Mana Party organiser Nicholas Kayne Nitro, 36, also known as Nikora, helped establish Te Poaka Tipua Charitable Trust. In 2012, Nitro was convicted of receiving commercial sexual services from a 16-year-old boy. The age limit is 18 under the Prostitution Reform Act.

* Te Poaka Tipua chairperson Veronica Rongomairatahi Stuart, 55, has convictions for fraud and previously operated a male sex club called The Closet with Nitro at a site on Ferry Rd. The pair were both directors of a company called Closet Holdings.

* A website continues to advertise a male sex club [“Mens Cruise Club”] called The Backroom at Te Poaka Tipua’s Buckleys Rd headquarters.

* Former sex workers frequent the site.

After learning details of the investigation, Christchurch East MP Poto Williams called on community leaders to “look seriously at what alternatives we can put in place”.

“If what you’re saying proves to be true, it’s extraordinarily concerning for our young people,” Williams said.

“It is not . . . healthy in the long term for . . people with significant and quite disturbing histories like that to be setting up services for young people. Now that it’s on my radar, I’m certainly going to be making some inquiries.”

Christchurch City councillor Paul Lonsdale said he was “horrified” to learn about the backgrounds of those involved with Te Poaka Tipua.

“There’s no question it’s a recipe for disaster,” he said.

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Alleged Islamic hackers target NZ websites

At least two New Zealand websites have been hacked and defaced by a group calling themselves the ‘Team Muslim Cyberforce’.

Both websites front not-for-profit philanthropic ventures – Stephen Tindall’s Tindall Foundation and Zeal’s Live For Tomorrow. They are now back online.

The message that the Team Muslim Cyberforce posted on both websites indicates a connection to Indonesia. Indonesia houses the world’s largest Muslim population.

Zeal Advocacy & Operations Manager Elliot Taylor first noticed the issue when he opened the Live For Tomorrow website himself, as he does on most mornings.

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Warning as cyber-criminals target NZ charities

Cyber-criminals have targeted two New Zealand charities in automated attacks attempting to validate large numbers of stolen credit cards.

Internet watchdog NetSafe [a registered charity]  has warned charities taking online donations to be alert after the attacks on the two organisations, which it did not name.

In the first incident, almost 50,000 attempts were made to rapidly submit fake donations through a website form with the aim being to test which credit cards could be used for subsequent online fraud or sold on to other internet scammers.

More than 2000 successful donations were made resulting in the charity having to enlist the help of their bank and merchant account provider to refund the fraudulent payments.

They also spent time dealing with enquiries from cardholders around the world questioning the transactions.

NetSafe offers advice for charities and website owners. You can also contact NetSafe via their freephone telephone number 0508 NETSAFE or report an incident online at

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