Kingi resigns from Haumaha inquiry after LinkedIn endorsements

Tracey Martin announced Pauline Kingi's shock resignation in the house on Wednesday. Photo: Lynn Grieveson

Dr. Pauline Kingi has stepped down as the chair of the inquiry into the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Chief Police Commissioner.

Haumaha’s appointment has been mired in controversy since it emerged he had a close relationship with the police officers accused of raping Bay of Plenty woman, Louise Nicholas.

The appointment was also controversial as Haumaha had once been selected to stand for New Zealand First, although he withdrew his candidacy before he ran.

Kingi’s appointment was announced on July 23. It emerged on July 31 that she had endorsed Haumaha 23 times on the social networking site, LinkedIn.

The inquiry was meant to commence on August 6.

Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced Kingi’s resignation in the house today, saying she had been made aware of it shortly before question time.