A complaint has been made to the Auditor General about Jacinda Ardern’s government

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The National party released the following press release yesterday:

Complaint to Auditor-General regarding partnership schools

National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye has today sent a letter to the Auditor-General outlining potential issues for her to investigate regarding the Government’s handling of the impending closure of partnership schools.

“I want to stress that I while I believe there are serious grounds for the Auditor-General to investigate, it will be up to the Auditor-General to determine if there have been any issues with the process regarding partnership schools and any potential conflicts of interest,” Ms Kaye says.

“It is important that all of the evidence and paperwork is made available and transparent before any conclusions are reached.

The first area of complaint relates to Minister Hipkins’ and the Ministry of Education’s process around the discussions with partnership schools about their futures.

“The Minister has made several unfortunate comments that indicate he has a closed mind and there is potential evidence that the schools have undue pressure being put on them to terminate their contracts.

“I believe the Minister’s and the Ministry’s process is fundamentally flawed and there is public interest in investigating it.

“The second area of complaint relates to perceived conflicts of interest, or failure of Ministers to manage or declare conflicts of interest. This is set out in the letter I have sent to the Auditor-General.

“I hope to meet with the Auditor-General over the next week. Given the serious nature of the letter, I will not be making any further comment at this stage.”

Around the same time yesterday the Villa Education Trust which runs two Charter schools in Auckland sent the following e-mail out to their supporters:

Dear Supporters and Interested Parties

Today the Villa Education Trust laid a complaint with the office of the Auditor-General with regards to the behaviour of the Minister of Education and Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis with regards to Charter Schools.

This press release states that the National Party has done the same […]

In the House today Chris Hipkins acknowledged that despite saying that he would meet with none of the schools (sending us an email on Friday 16th of February restating that) during this process he met with the provider of two schools at length during Waitangi weekend.

This is the same Trust that Kelvin Davis admitted to “working closely with”.

We are extremely disappointed at what appears to be favourable treatment of some and at the Minister breaching his own clearly set protocols.[…]


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