Rob Salmond at Polity comments on the resolutions of the Kōhanga Reo over the weekend.
The Kohanga Reo Trust held a hui over the weekend to discuss the government’s proposals for revamping its financial affairs following revelations of misusing public funds:
The Government in a confidential letter has effectively set an April 30 deadline for the trust to get its plans in order or risk losing its role in dispensing about $80 million in funding to the country’s Kohanga Reo – Maori language preschools.
It follows allegations of mis-spending of public money by the trust’s wholly owned subsidiary Te Pataka Ohanga which have now been referred to the Serious Fraud Office.
But at a press conference today after the hui Tukoroirangi Morgan, who has now been removed from the trust by the King, said they had sent a clear message to the Government that it should not interfere.
Three thoughts in response to this:
lprent: It’d be a damn shame to lose the good work that the Kōhanga Reo funding is meant to (and mostly is) supporting because some fools at the head office are trying to avoid normal transparent accounting standards that apply to all government funding, or any legitimate organization and business for that matter. Quite simply it is up the Kōhanga Reo Trust to earn the confidence of the taxpayers and the government. To do that they need to make their use of taxpayer funds quite transparent both to the auditors and to their own members.