20 Dec 2017

Independent review of Wintec head's spending launched

4:52 pm on 20 December 2017

The chief executive of Waikato Institute of Technology will have his expenditure and restructuring costs independently reviewed.

Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) chief executive Mark Flowers

Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) chief executive Mark Flowers Photo: Wintec

It followed a 2015 investigation into a complaint and allegations relating to Mark Flowers, Wintec Council chair Barry Harris said.

Wintec will not comment on what it was in relation to.

Fairfax - which has been investigating for two years - reported the original investigation cleared Mr Flowers of any wrongdoing in relation to places he visited overseas while on business trips.

Other serious allegations were not investigated, it said.

Fairfax had been threatened with defamation action if it printed the allegations made by former staff members.

Fairfax said Mr Flowers spent $175,000 on legal fees in order to avoid journalists' questions.

Mr Harris said the Wintec Council had full confidence in Mr Flowers but recognised the media coverage was affecting the public's confidence in Wintec.

The Tertiary Education Commission has been advised.