December 15, 2014
Kohanga whistleblower told to have day in court
The Court of Appeal has told a sacked Kohanga Reo trustee he should get back to the High Court as soon as possible to pursue his allegations of wrongdoing by fellow trustees.
The court dismissed Toni Waho’s appeal against the Kohanga Reo National Trust board’s decision to remove him for bringing the trust into disrepute.
Fellow trustees were upset the Palmerston North kura kaupapa principal told ministers they weren’t being given the full story about alleged misspending in the trust’s commercial subsidiary, Te Pataka Ohanga.
The judges said the board may not have gone about his dismissal the right way, but on the balance of convenience Mr Waho had to go because the board would be dysfunctional if he remained.
It came down to whether he was a principled whistleblower trying to protect the trust, or whether he discredited fellow trustees without reasonable justification.
It was in the best interests of all parties that Mr Waho’s substantive claim for reinstatement and for orders removing his fellow trustees should be determined promptly, the judges said.
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