Nikau Hohaia

Bet the unions will be all over this – like they would if it was a charter school…

Surely the unions should be all over this, theft of school monies by a staff member, taking that cash from the kiddies…oh wait, it’s not a charter school.

Children at a small Taranaki school are without a playground or a school van because a former member of staff helped herself to nearly half its operating budget over three years.

Nikau Hohaia took $100,000 while working as an administrator at the Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O?Tamarongo?at Opunake.

As a result the decile three school?was unable to pay the repair bill on its van and has?not been able to replace a playground that had to be demolished, Hawera Court heard on Monday.

But because the 34-year-old mum of two has no income she will not have to repay the money – a decision criticised by the school trustees, who say justice has not been served.

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