A woman who stole more than $150,000 from one of Rotorua's leading tourist spots, has been sentenced to nine months' home detention.
Te Puia employee Waikare Te Moana skimmed money from the company's ticket sales and cancelling transactions while she worked in the ticket booth between July 2008 and September 2010.
Her lawyer Fraser Wood told the court she wasn't stealing to keep up a habit, but was spending the money on herself and her family.
Te Moana has agreed to sell her house, and give what ever proceeds she doesn't owe the bank to Te Puia.
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