Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Mallard caves in on wananga

Hon Bill English MP
National Party Education Spokesman

24 August 2005

Mallard caves in on wananga

“Labour is too scared to follow up Trevor Mallard’s decision to sack the wananga council and replace it with a commissioner,” says National Party Education spokesman Bill English.

On June 20 Trevor Mallard announced his decision to sack the council of Te Wananga o Aotearoa because of financial problems. He wrote to the wananga council to inform them of this decision. The council had 21 days to respond.

“Mr Mallard could have gone ahead with the sacking six weeks ago, but instead he’s decided to sit on his hands.

“The Minister is ducking for cover. He’ll lamely argue that legal reasons prevented him from taking action, but that’s a sham. The reality is there is no legal justification for the delay.

“Mr Mallard has already correctly followed all the legal steps set out in Section 195D of the Education Act. The legislation requires him to consider the wananga’s response - that is all.

“So, Trevor, why haven't you followed through?

“Two months ago he was adamant the council had to go.

“Today, the public is owed an explanation as to why he’s done nothing, especially in light of the controversy surrounding the wananga’s use of public money.

“With Labour planning to give the wananga more than $150 million taxpayer dollars this year, there has to be accountability,” says Mr English.


Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Timeline of Decisions

February Brian Roche appointed as a Crown Observer to the wananga, an advisory role.

March Brian Roche’s role upgraded to Crown Manager, with approval from the wananga. This non-statutory appointment included a delegation of all financial responsibilities previously held by the council.

9 May Cabinet approved a $20 million loan to the wananga. Loan to run until 31 July. Improved management structure a condition of the loan.

Trevor Mallard wrote to the wananga council indicating his intention to consult with them and other interested parties, on the possible need to appoint a commissioner, as the investigations of the crown manager had “revealed the situation to be worse than initially thought.”

14 May Initial deadline for wananga’s response to Trevor Mallard.

16 May The wananga council responded by letter to Trevor Mallard.

20 June Trevor Mallard wrote to the council providing his preliminary decision that a commissioner should be appointed to replace the wananga council. A commissioner is the highest level of statutory intervention under the Education Act. The wananga legally had 21 days to respond to this decision.

11 July Original cut-off date for submissions from wananga, deadline extended until 19 July.

19 July Wananga council made its’ final submission on Trevor Mallard’s proposal to appoint a Crown Commissioner. From this point on Mallard was legally permitted to appoint a commissioner.

The wananga’s submission called for a reduction in the size of the Council from 14 to five members, the implementation of a new management structure, and the retention of the Crown Manager for 12 months.

18 August Wananga proceeds with creation of six executive director roles while continuing to await response from Trevor Mallards as to whether he will disband the council or not.

22 August On “Nine to Noon” Trevor Mallard cites ‘legal requirements’ as impediment to the the appointment of a commissioner.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news