The original of this post is here at Polity.
The news this morning has all kinds of finger pointing between Hekia Parata, Derek Fox, John Key, the Kohanga Reo trust board, and others.
Why are so many people pointing fingers all over the place? Because everyone involved has screwed up one way or another.
Parata and the government have bungled the terms of reference for the EY report, refusing to directly investigate Te Pataka Ohanga spending when they easily could have. If you can investigate finances at a trust, you can investigate finances at a co-located, wholly owned subsidiary of the same trust, too.
And her handling of the reporting back – “Nothing to see here!” [beat] “To the SFO!” was so woeful it was almost comic.
The board appears to have dropped the ball on running its internal investigation, too, which is why the politicians are angry.
This mess is only going to get bigger. Parata will be thanking her lucky stars that there is no Parliament for the next couple of weeks.