Dodgy maori ratbags on the take

Native Affairs looks at the rorts going on within the Kohanga Reo industry.

When you read it you will wonder  at  how come the Charities Commission hasn’t been all over this like a rash.

At the peak of the Kōhanga Reo movement there were 824 language nests around the country, today just 451 remain.

Last year the Kōhanga Reo Trust took an urgent claim to the Waitangi Tribunal, they asked for more autonomy and less accountability.

They argued that crown policy had all but crushed the movement, and that 172 Kōhanga were at risk of closure, in effect they were pleading poverty.

While this claim was being made, some of the spending at the top of the movement appears not to be in keeping with the kaupapa of Kōhanga Reo. 

Native Affairs made at least 11 attempts to discuss these issues with the Trust and they’ve declined to appear.

Despite this they’ve said in the media that “They were investigating the issues we’ve raised”.

Native Affairs would like to have asked: Whose carrying out this investigation? Is it independent? Is it retrospective? Is there going to be a full audit?

Throughout our investigation the Trust has maintained that TPO and Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust are seperate entitites.

Native Affairs don’t believe this is the reality. All TPO’s 3 directors are Kōhanga trustees and the Trust is TPOs one and only shareholder.

Go and watch the video and stare with wonder at these troughing maori ratbags putting coin in their own pockets instead of the kids education.


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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. 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.

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