I bet he was registered too

A ratbag school principal has been suspended for serious misconduct.

This is exactly the sort of thing that Labour and the teacher unions claim teacher registration is supposed to prevent when they claimed that lack of registration would put kids at risk in charter schools.

A school principal who formed a sexual relationship with one of his teachers and mismanaged school funds has been suspended after being found culpable of serious misconduct.

Dwayne Puruatea Hapuku behaved in an “unprofessional manner amounting to serious misconduct” while the principal of Otane School in Central Hawke’s Bay. He was charged with serious misconduct by the New Zealand Teachers Council’s Complaints Assessment Committee on March 26, and following the release of a Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal decision yesterday, details of the investigation can now be published.

The “core allegations” laid against Mr Hapuku included bullying staff member Kate Kimber-Jones, by threatening her employment if she disclosed their relationship and that he’d made her pregnant. 

The committee also said he failed to follow instructions from the board of trustees not to contact Ms Kimber-Jones, failed to account for school money and failed to engage in the investigation. Following a string of emails, the school’s chairwoman, Claudine Greenwood, launched an investigation.

She received an email on September 6, 2013, from Ms Kimber-Jones, who indicated she was in a “romantic relationship” with Mr Hapuku, and that he had told her “if she told anyone about their relationship she would lose her job”.

On September 9, the school’s board arranged for the matter to be investigated by an independent party and the two were not to discuss the allegations.

However on September 10, Ms Greenwood received an email from Ms Kimber-Jones stating Mr Hapuku had contacted her five times by text. Later that night, Ms Greenwood received texts from Ms Kimber-Jones who said the principal was at her house and “banging on the front door”.

Ms Greenwood and her husband went to the teacher’s home and found Ms Kimber-Jones “visibly upset and frightened”.

On September 12, Mr Hapuku was suspended as principal.

More teachers and principal  are now before the courts than even Catholic priests.


– NZ Herald

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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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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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