Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Matt Lauer gets to keep his New Zealand ranch

Matt Lauer gets to keep his New Zealand ranch

The fired host of NBC' flagship morning program was seen at East Pole, an Upper East Side restaurant, with Deborah Kasofsky, on Thursday. They suggested Lauer should be spending more time outside the Hamptons, where he has been spending most of his time since NBC News fired him in November.

'They were in the middle of the room, ' a source told the web site. "They were talking about vacation spots".

A different source insisted that Lauer and his former producer Kosofsky only discussed "his kids" and did not talk about him heading for the hills - or anywhere else.

Another source said they only talked about Lauer's children, since the two have "been good friends for 30 years".

Sexual misconduct allegations were made against Lauer, a former US Today anchor, in November a year ago, after he bought the 6468ha farm on the northern shores of Lake Hawea.

He and his estranged wife, Annette Roque, own other properties in eastern Long Island, including a 40-acre horse farm in Water Mill.

Lauer has reportedly been attempting a comeback, Page Six reported in April.

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Lauer's ranch was located in an area known as Lake Hawea, in Otago, New Zealand.

The department said while it did not condone the "inappropriate" way Mr Lauer had behaved, he had been neither charged nor convicted, and did not appear to be unfit to hold the property. "In addition, the OIO has made it clear to Mr Lauer of his continuing obligation to remain of good character as a condition of his OIO consent".

"After investigating the matter and taking legal advice, we have reached the position that we have insufficient evidence at this time to take proceedings against Mr Lauer for breach of the condition", says LINZ Deputy Chief Executive Policy and Overseas Investment Lisa Barrett.

Ms. Barrett, the spokeswoman, said Mr. Lauer had made further sworn statements in his defense that could not be made public.

Ken Lindner, Lauer's agent in Los Angeles, was not immediately available for comment.

Lauer recently issued a statement, included in the OIO's decision, denying any allegations of "coercive, aggressive or abusive actions", while acknowledging he "acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC".

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