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Auditor-General’s Te Wananga o Aotearoa report damning

Posted on 08 Sep 2005
The Auditor-General’s report into the activities of Te Wananga o Aotearoa that has been released for consultation amongst interested parties slams the Labour Government for allowing a gross wastage of substantial amounts of public monies, ACT MP Ken Shirley revealed today.
 
“While the Crown agencies NZQA and the Tertiary Education Commission carry most of the direct flak, it is clear that those bodies were implementing political directives to shower the Wananga with enormous amounts of taxpayers’ money,” Mr Shirley said.
 
“The extraordinary growth in funding from $5 million in the year 2000 to $239 million last year is unprecedented and highlights the irresponsible manner in which Labour pursued its ‘Closing the Gaps’ policy.
 
“Regrettably, the terms of reference establishing the Auditor-General’s enquiry specifically excluded the examination of the integrity of enrolments and the content and outputs of the courses.   What we saw was tens of thousands of students enrolled in highly spurious courses all designed to maximise the capture of taxpayers’ money.
 
“The details of this gross wastage should be made available to voters in advance of next week’s election, but it seems the Auditor-General’s report has been carefully timed to be publicly released following the election,” Mr Shirley said.
 
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Ken Shirley MP                    
ken.shirley@parliament.govt.nz
Phone:            04 470 6635  /  021 570 877
Fax:                 04 473 3532
Scott Dennison, Press Secretary
scott.dennison@parliament.govt.nz
Phone:            04 470 6622  /  027 450 1407