New Kohanga Reo claims spark SFO call Stuff.co.nz - 19/03/2014
Kohanga Reo audit a ‘whitewash'
Parata said it was a private organisation so outside the Government's scope - although it was later confirmed TPO ultimately received its funding through the Ministry of Education.
Jordan Williams, executive director of the Taxpayers' Union, today called the late-night press conference and "mischaracterisation" of the report "shameful" as it ignored the key allegations around the personal use of company credit cards.
"The Ernst Young review did not even look at the key allegations at Te Pataka Ohanga," he said.
"It's not vindication, it's a whitewash."
Williams asked what other publicly funded entity could avoid audit scrutiny by creating a subsidiary company.
"If this attitude was the norm, the public audit process would be meaningless," he said.
"Instead of getting to the bottom of the allegations, Hekia Parata and Dr Pita Sharples have chosen to turn a blind eye to what are serious allegations."
Labour's Nanaia Mahuta said given the seriousness of the allegations it was "inadequate" for Parata to say she had no oversight of TPO.
"The reality is that public monies are transferred from the Kohanga Reo Trust to Te Pataka Ohanga and there should be a line of sight to ensure that the money is spent properly and that there's a level of transparency and accountability for that.” Read more.