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Updated at 8:58 pm on 25 May 2011
The New Zealand Teachers Council says its investigation into the actions of a Maori immersion school teacher from Hastings will centre on evidence presented during his court case.
On Wednesday a judge in the Napier District Court sentenced Wi Derek Huata to 300 hours of community work for assaulting pupils in his Year 2 class by pulling and twisting their ears.
The council's director, Peter Lind, says now the court has dealt with the matter, a complaints assessment committee will look at whether the 53-year-old's actions amounted to serious misconduct.
Mr Lind says if the committee decides it did, a disciplinary tribunal takes over and has the power to impose conditions of Huata's teaching certificate or cancel it.
Any decision the Teacher's Council makes will be made public, he says.
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