22 Dec 2011

Cultural clash over pay advance policy

6:44 am on 22 December 2011

Maori immersion schools disagree with the Auditor General's stance that it's undesirable to give school staff advances on their pay.

A report on financial practices at kura has found 18% of schools loan money to staff.

The Auditor General warns that if advances are not repaid, they could lead to losses for the school and add unnecessary complications to the relationship with the employee.

But an organisation representing many kura says it's good manaakitanga, or accommodating its employees' needs.

Te Runanga Nui o Nga Kura Kaupapa chairperson Rawiri Wright says it's about being a good employer.

He says the runanga's concern is making sure teachers have enough money over the holidays to tithe them over, and to show them they are valued members of staff and part of the whanau - which is a policy he will continue with.