1 May 2014

Kaikohe school manager steps down

8:23 am on 1 May 2014

The manager of a Kaikohe school has been replaced after a meeting between staff and Associate Education Minister Pita Sharples.

Mike Eru has been the limited statutory manager at Kaikohe Intermediate since last August, earning $100 an hour for 40 hours a month.

Mr Eru also works 80 hours a month as commissioner of Moerewa School, for which he has been paid about $200,000 in two years.

Sources in the Kaikohe school community have told Radio New Zealand staff and others spoke to Dr Sharples last week about Mr Eru's management.

They say their complaints ranged from his lack of teaching experience to his refusal to let pupils attend the tangi for the principal's father.

The Ministry has confirmed it replaced Mr Eru on Monday with Larry Forbes, who has been commissioner at Pamapuria School for the past two years.

However it says that was prompted by a change of circumstances at Kaikohe Intermediate, and Mr Eru agreed to step down.