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Online live stream influencer and known by the media as a conspiracy theorist, Billy Te Kahika, spent NZD $160,000 on a 2020 Land Rover Discovery. The purchase lead to ‘financial uncertainties’ and misery.
During September of 2020, Mr Kahika purchased the brand new Land Rover Discovery after he was allegedly given $200,000 from an investor of his Indigenous Business Consultants (IBC) company.
According to Ex Party Director Michael Stace, the money was meant to be used for a job not related to the New Zealand Public Party (NZPP) political movement.
Mr Kahika claimed in a Facebook statement on December 25 of 2020 that addressed the SUV and many other ‘accusations’ thrown at him, that he did not purchase it with funds from supporters of NZPP.
“The ‘car’ you refer to was purchased with my business partner and had no connection whatsoever with the movement. That business has since been destroyed by my focus on this work at the cost of a living and it’s neglect. I have lost two careers doing this work,” he said.
When Mr Kahika purchased the SUV, he allegedly withdrew cash ‘given’ to him from his business bank account by the alleged investor.
Mr Kahika bought the Land Rover at Archibald & Shorter in Greenlane, Auckland. The car shop sells luxury vehicles.
The Land Rover was allegedly not acquired under Mr Kahika’s name. It was acquired under his wife’s name; Corrin Te Kahika.
According to sources that supplied information to thisquality who wished to remain anonymous said the cash was not meant to be spent on a political movement or the $160k Land Rover.
On January 7 followers of the influencer were asked to donate and support upcoming events for travel and hotels/motels to be booked.
Mr Kahika said: “To all you people that troll out there, wake up. I am not working for myself. I am working for you and your kids too, your whanau, your friends. I am working for all of us.”
“I am not getting paid for it. I get my costs covered if I am lucky, which I am raising money right now to cover the costs of this coming weekend.”
“We’ve got audio gear. We’ve got accommodation, travel—all of that to pay for. I’ve got no income. We can only do it through what we get donated.”
An event was planned on January 9 to fight against COVID-19 lockdowns, 5G and it turned out to follow suit with a moderately sized group who appeared in support.
Following the post Mr Kahika made addressing the SUV. He mentions ‘financial uncertainty’ — That he had to put his house on the market over alleged ‘attacks’ from people ‘doxxing’ his address.
If Mr Kahika did not spend $160k given to him, he would not be in a financial uncertainty.
thisquality understands that allegedly Mr Kahika spent some-$600 a night at luxury motels/hotels throughout his 2020 General Elections Campaign.
Mr Kahika allegedly underpaid staff or took money for himself rather than paying up to most likely cover his financial uncertainties.
Finally, Mr Kahika would not be putting his house on the market had he not spent $160k on a 2020 Land Rover Discovery.
All sources of this publication wished to remain anonymous.