24 Jul 2013

Kohanga board pays back $800,000

7:39 pm on 24 July 2013

The Kohanga Reo National Trust Board has moved quickly to pay back nearly $800,000 of funding it shouldn't have received.

Its chief executive, Titoki Black, will not be returning to her senior role following an internal audit of the organisation in April.

The Tertiary Education Commission says it was advised by the board in May that the commission put $780,000 of funding in to a kohanga qualification, which hadn't been approved by the New Zealand Qualification Authority.

The board offers courses to parents and whanau members of children who attend kohanga reo.

The commission says the funding is conditional on NZQA approval and accreditation - so it asked for the money back.

It says the Kohanga Reo National Trust Board repaid the funding to the commission on Monday.

The audit was conducted two months after Sir Michael Cullen was appointed to work with the Government and kohanga on recommendations made by the Waitangi Tribunal.