No doubt he was registered?

The various teacher unions oppose Charter Schools for many reasons, one of them is that the government legislation as proposed doesn’t require Charter Schools to have mandatory teacher registration like every other school. The unions and the teachers’ Council say this puts kids at risk.

Of course since they started taking this tack in their opposition to Charter Schools I have been cataloguing plenty of teachers, all of them presumably registered as required by law, committing all sorts of crimes from dishonesty offences through to deviant sexual predatory attacks on children…all registered so the kids could be safe.

A foreign exchange trader is alleged to have stolen more than $837,000 from investors – including family and friends.

Rene Alan Chalmers, a 42-year-old teacher from Pukekohe, appeared at the Auckland District Court today to face 15 charges including theft by a person in a special relationship and making false statements to investors.

The charges relate to him trading in foreign money and allegedly misleading investors. 

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) also alleges Chalmers misled banks when applying for mortgages for three Bay of Plenty properties.

One of the properties, an apartment in Mt Maunganui, is listed as having views of Tauranga and a CV of more than $500,000. A second apartment bought by Chalmers in the same building has a CV of $338,000.

The third property is a five-bedroom house in Pahoia, about 30 minutes’ drive from Tauranga. The five-bedroom home with pool recently sold for $1.195m.

During his brief court appearance yesterday, Mr Chalmers’ lawyer Paul Mabey QC said his client was not ready to enter a plea.

What? Waiting for the teacher’s union to stand up for him saying he was registered so he’s ok.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.