Unionist's bail relaxed again to visit NZ

  • 30/09/2015

A former Canberra construction union official charged with blackmail has had his bail again extended so he can travel to New Zealand for his mother's funeral.

Magistrate Maria Doogan accepted Halafihi "Fihi" Kivalu's request to travel across the Tasman on Wednesday, noting he had been allowed to leave twice before and has come back to court.

Kivalu, who was a Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union organiser, is accused of pocketing thousands of dollars from a formwork company owner.

He was arrested in July after giving evidence to Australia's royal commission into trade union corruption.

He will return to court on October 21.