January 21, 2014
Kohanga Reo report with ministry
Former Kohanga Reo National Trust chair Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi says she's not concerned about the outcome of an independent review of use of public funds by the trust.
A spokesperson for Education Minister Hekia Parata says Ernst & Young has finished the review, and it is under consideration by the ministry.
It was commissioned after Maori Television's Native Affairs programme reported on credit card spending by officers and management of the trust's commercial subsidiary, Te Pataka Ohanga.
Ernst & Young were asked to assess the financial controls the trust has for use of public funds and identify any gaps.
It was also asked to establish what if any public funding provided to Te Kohanga Reo National Trust may have been provided to Te Pataka Ohanga.
Dame Iritana says she hasn't let the controversy weigh her down.
"I've had overwhelming support from government all the way down and people that believe in you and know you don't get caught up by a small disgruntled group that would go out of their way to pull you down. But it's unfounded and I'm not concerned about it," she says.
Work on addressing issues raised by Kohanga Reo's Waitangi Tribunal claim have been placed on hold while the review is going on.
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