11 Jul 2014

School must pay costs in hair case

12:31 pm on 11 July 2014

St John's College in Hastings has been ordered to pay more than $24,000 in costs after losing a judicial review of its decision to suspend a student for refusing to cut his hair.

Lucan Battison won the High Court case against the school last month.

Justice Collins ruled the suspension was unlawful and that the school rules on long hair were unclear.

A judgement made public on Friday by Lucan Battison's lawyer shows Justice Collins has now ordered the school's board of trustees to pay $24,159 in costs.

Lucan Battison.

Lucan Battison. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski