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Hamilton mother-of-six Kaye Nonoa received an unexpected letter on Christmas Eve – a court summons from her son’s former high school for unpaid fees.

This comes after he was banned from attending his school ball earlier in the year for having outstanding fees, despite being head boy.

Mrs Nonoa is upset that Melville High School is using such a forceful method to recover money she doesn’t have.

The letter, handed to her by a plain-clothes woman at 7.30am on Tuesday, said the school was taking legal action to retrieve $1166.84 in sports and subject fees from 2011 to 2013 and $1133.50 in legal costs – $2300.34 total.

Her son, Johnboi, 18, finished school this year.

He was head boy, captain of the First XV rugby team, a member of the top basketball team and also took part in cultural activities.

The fees Melville High are seeking are for sports and specialist subjects like photography and food technology, not the voluntary school donation.

Who is Kaye Nonoa?  Well, if you have problems running your life, she can help you out.  

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Her son has obviously benefited from being at school, with a great list of accomplishments.  But Kaye is refusing to cough up where other parents have had to subsidise Johnboi for his enjoyment.

Mrs Nonoa has been on a widow’s benefit for the past 10 years and said she paid off small amounts when she could afford it.

She has discussed the problem with the board of trustees and principal Clive Hamill.

“I’ve always said to them that I will be paying it. It’s my responsibility and I will pay it when I can,” she said.

“I make choices. Do I want to pay $10 on school fees this week or do I want to buy extra food? Those are the choices that I, along with a lot of other families in my situation, have to deal with.”

The notice of claim said the school believes “there is no valid reason for non-payment”.

Johnboi was also stopped from going to the school ball this year and had a private evening with his ball partner at home instead.

Mrs Nonoa said receiving the court summons the morning before Christmas was harsh as it was already a difficult time financially.

“They could have talked to me instead of sending it off to the courts,” she said.

“I’m not out to defame the character of the school, not at all. I’m sticking up for moral justice, for support.”

She wants “moral justice”.

How does she feel about the moral justice she inflicted on the school and other parents that have been paying for her son’s education out of their pockets?

This will give you an insight into Mrs Nonoa’s idea how life has to be fun as long as others pay for it.

“Duty is joy”

As long as it is someone else that pays, obviously.


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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.

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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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