3 Oct 2012

Woman at centre of wananga dispute keen for resolution

8:27 pm on 3 October 2012

The Maori business woman at the centre of a dispute between Maori King Tuheitia and Te Wananga o Aotearoa says she has a lot to offer the tertiary institution.

The council of the wananga has refused to accept the King's nomination of Sue Cullen, whose father Rongo Wetere founded the organisation in 1984 and was its first chief executive.

It says the nomination wasn't accepted as the organisation's structure is being reviewed.

But Mrs Cullen does not accept that argument, saying under the wananga's constitution the council is bound to accept King Tuheitia's nomination.

She believes her rejection has to do with her past association with the wananga more than seven years ago when she provided courses worth millions of dollars.

Mrs Cullen says she was accused of nepotism, but an Auditor-General's report cleared her of any wrong-doing.

She says she is keen to sit down with the council and resolve the issue of her nomination being rejected and avoid any legal action.