3 Oct 2014

Another Taranaki polytech staffer quits

10:20 pm on 3 October 2014

A former acting chief executive is the latest senior staff member to leave a Taranaki polytechnic being investigated due to irregularities in its Maori programmes.

The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) told staff yesterday that Jan Lockett-Kay, who was acting chief executive in 2013, is leaving.

Dr Lockett-Kay is a former head of the humanities faculty, which included Maori studies, and leaves the post of executive director of health and learning.

Her departure follows that of the chief financial officer, Peter Rothwell, this week and the head of Maori, Tengaruru Wineera, in July.

Five Maori department staff members also resigned in July, after earlier being suspended.

The Tertiary Education Commission began an investigation at WITT in June, but cannot say when it will be complete.

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