Pat Newman fails to declare his conflict while defending lack of action over pedo teacher

Pat Newman has featured on the blog previously. He is a ratbag Labour flunky and teacher union apologist.

He is quoted in the Northland Age today regarding the still current registration of convicted pedophile James Parker.

The president of Te Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association is defending the Teachers Council for not striking jailed paedophile James Parker from the register, saying not acting was the “sensible and safe way out”.

Hmmm defending the Teachers Council and speaking on behalf of all Northland Principal at the same time.

Te Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association president Pat Newman said he was “spitting sparks” over the backlash to revelations the convicted paedophile had not been removed.

“James Parker has been in a jail cell since the day he was arrested. It is bloody impossible to teach children in a jail cell,” Mr Newman said.

For the Teachers Council to remove him from the register there had to be a disciplinary hearing, for which they would have to interview children and witnesses, Mr Newman explained. 

What a load of rubbish, it is obvious what the situation is, he has been convicted, there is no need to interview anyone…unless of course they want to exonerate a pedophile teacher?

Now that Mr Parker has been found guilty, the Teachers Council’s complaints assessment committee has referred him to the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal, which has the power to cancel his registration – but has not yet acted. The sentencing notes from the trial will be used in the tribunal.

That’s good, but why didn’t Pat Newman declare his conflict of interest in this matter?

So….our good friend Pat Newman (now the president of Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association)  is quoted as “spitting sparks” over this.  He defends the Teachers’ Council by saying they were protecting the kids in the Parker case from “more agony” etc etc  Rolls out the he has been in jail anyway argument etc.

Here is the thing.  He says he is speaking on behalf of all Tai Tokerau (read Northland) Association principals BUT he is on the Teachers’ Council himself.  So actually he is defending himself.  He doesn’t acknowledge that obvious conflict of interest anywhere.

And they wonder why the Review of the Teacher’s Council found that there is not enough independence between the Teachers’ Council and the teacher unions.

But hey, don’t worry, they are registered so the kids are safe you know.

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