2 Sep 2014

Questions over kura board election

6:25 pm on 2 September 2014

A review of a board election at a troubled Far North kura last year has found some parents and staff did not know it was happening.

Half the pupils at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Whangaroa left in January this year, after parents complained of a dubious election process and an unsafe environment.

In the review released by the commissioner running the school, the 11 parents and four staff who responded said they had seen no election advertising.

None had received a nomination form, a voting form or any information about the candidates.

The returning Officer had not published the election dates or distributed any voting papers, claiming they were not needed.

Commissioner Larry Forbes said he was seeking a legal opinion as to whether the election met the requirements of the Education Act.