November 04, 2014
Kohanga whistle blower case hiccup
The High Court has refused to intervene in a bid by the Kohanga Reo National Trust to get rid of a trustee who challenged the way it handled allegations of financial impropriety.
Toni Waho took the trust to court after it voted 6-1 to declare that he had brought the trust into disrepute by telling Education Minister Hekia Parata she wasn’t being told the whole story about misspending within subsidiary Te Pataka Ohanga.
Justice Alan MacKenzie said the question of disrepute is for trustees to decide, and the court can only step in if it was shown they acted in bad faith or made an error of law.
Mr Waho says allegations against both the trust and Te Pataka Ohanga have never been properly investigated.
He does not accept that it is right that his fellow trustees should try to remove him for telling the ministers responsible of the existence of those allegations.
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