11 Apr 2013

Staff forced to take out loans due to Novopay debacle

7:01 am on 11 April 2013

An Auckland principal says some staff at his kura have been forced to take out loans due to the flawed school payroll system.

The tumuaki (principal) of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Hoani Waititi in Auckland says since the introduction of Novopay his teachers have been hugely affected by under or over-payments and in some cases, not being paid at all.

Rawiri Wright says staff have got into financial difficulty and ended up in his office in tears.

The principal says the school has had to help them get loans because it was not in a financial position to help them at the time, which he feels terrible about.

Mr Wright says it's a frustrating and stressful situation for Maori and he just wants Novopay's problems resolved and his people looked after properly.

At a recent hui nearly all kura kaupapa said they had experienced payment problems, he said.

Mr Wright says the school's administrator has spent a total of 500 extra hours trying to iron out Novopay issues and the school will be invoicing the Ministry of Education for the hours worked.

Schools are about to receive compensation of $6 million from the Government for extra administrative work caused by the new payroll system.

Official figures show that on the 20 March payday, 84 teaching staff were not paid, 173 were underpaid and 122 were paid too much.