13 Aug 2013

Kohanga board in Tauranga to meet protesters

6:29 am on 13 August 2013

The Kohanga Reo National Trust board will on Tuesday meet a branch of the Maori preschool which last week protested over the departure of the movement's chief executive.

About 300 whanau from the Mataatua-Tauranga Moana branch travelled to Wellington to oppose the way the trust's chief executive, Titoki Black, was let go. They argue the trust didn't follow the right procedures.

But trust co-chair Tina Olsen-Ratana said board members did not intend to speak about Ms Black's departure because of the possibility she could file a personal grievance.

Instead, the hui would discuss an internal report, which found the trust under Titoki Black received nearly $800,000 of funding for a course it hadn't gained accreditation for, Ms Olsen-Ratana said.

That money has since been repaid to the Tertiary Education Commission.

The hui in Tauranga starts at 10am at Tamapahore Marae.