Corruption and malpractice claims follow order for Tokaikolo’s school to close

    In image: Tokaikolo Church’s Pacific Christian School. Photo/Kalino Latu, Kaniva News

    A South Auckland church leader claimed yesterday that corruption and malpractice was widespread at a private Christian school which has been ordered to close down by the government.

    Rev Faka’osi Hau, one of the leaders of the new Mo’ui ‘Ia Kalaisi fellowship in South Auckland, made his allegations in the wake of revelations that the Pacific Christian School had been given a fortnight to close down and that its principal was not a registered teacher.

    Rev Hau’s group broke away from the Tokaikolo church and he has been a fierce opponent of its President, Liufau Saulala, for the past 10 years.

    Rev Hau, who worked in the office of the Tokaikolo church in Mangere, claimed last night that:

    • In some cases students’ marks had been altered to benefit children of those who supported the church leader to get top places.
    • Teachers were frequently not paid.
    • He had advised the Board of Trustees to de-register the school.

    Rev Hau told Kaniva News he moved his son to another school because he believed his results had been altered. He claimed that the changes benefitted children related to senior church officials.

    He said he had been told by a teacher at the school that based on exam results, his son had actually come second in the class. However, on prize giving day he was ranked fourth.

    He said President Liufau asked him to return his son to the school, saying it was important that they stood together to support the institution, but he refused.

    Rev Hau said he had openly poured out his disappointment to Tokaikolo Church Former Superintendent Rev Pita Vai about the situation.

    He said he told the church the action by the school did not match the Christian values the school and church preached.

    He also alleged that  teachers repeatedly turned up at his office and complained that they were either not paid on time or not paid at all.

    Rev Hau claimed that non-payment of teachers was a big problem at the time. He said many teachers, including a number of Indians, left the school after repeated complaints about non-payment.

    He said he believed these teachers did not go public or complaint to the government because they had agreed not to criticise or publicly raise any concerns about the school.

    Rev Hau said he believed teachers’ pay was still a problem when he and his followers broke away two years ago.

    Rev Hau said that while he was with the Tokaikolo Church he had advised the Board of Trustees to deregister the school for five to 10 years so the congregation could concentrate on paying off the multi-million dollar loan that was taken out to build their church in Mangere but his advice was ignored.

    He said he made the advice because teachers were not often paid because the church made loan payments a priority. He said the bank was warned a number of times about late payments. Rev Hau was eventually removed from the board.

    The Pacific Christian School will be closed down in two weeks with New Zealand’s Ministry of Education saying it was concerned to the safety of the 70 students enrolled with the school.

    It has been revealed the Principal, Lisita Paongo, is not a trained teacher and only holds a Limited Authority to Teach – a temporary permit which limits her rights to teach at the school.

    According to Rev Hau the school’s curriculum was based on a US syllabus which it had little relevance to students’ lives in New Zealand and according to a report from the New Zealand ERO it “did not support…the children language, culture and identity”.

    This is the first time the ministry had suspended a private school’s registration in New Zealand.

    The Pacific Christian School enrolls students in years one to eight. It is located on Coronation Rd in Mangere.

    In June last year Police were called to the school after a 10-year-old boy was stabbed with  a pair of scissors by  another pupil. There have also been complaints about teachers hitting students and pupils claiming they were going to be whipped by staff.

    The Education Ministry said every effort had been made to create a safer environment at the school. However, after a number of meetings the school was unable to assure the Ministry that they had systems in place for managing all aspects of providing a safe environment for students.

    “We have taken into account a special review from the Education Office Review Report that has found a number of concerns remain, including the quality of teaching and learning and the welfare of students.  It recommended that we review the school’s licence,” a statement from the Ministry said.

    Kaniva News and the Tokakailo church

    Attempts by Kaniva News to contact the school and the church were unsuccessful.

    Our staff were at the area yesterday trying to obtain information and take photos, but we were unable to enter the Tokaikolo property.

    This was because Kaniva News was served with a trespass notices by the Tokaikolo Church in 2012 in retaliation for our revelation of allegations of chaos and strife within the church that led to the 2013 defection of most of the church members.

    The main points

    • A South Auckland church leader claimed yesterday that corruption and malpractice was widespread at a private Christian school which has been ordered to close down by the government.
    • Rev Faka’osi Hau, one of the leaders of the new Mo’ui ‘Ia Kalaisi fellowship in South Auckland, made his allegations in the wake of revelations that the Pacific Christian School had been given a fortnight to close down and that its principal was not a registered teacher.
    • Rev Hau claimed that students’ marks had been altered and that teachers had not been paid.
    • He said that while working for the Tokaikolo church office he had repeatedly advised the school’s Board of Trustees to de-register the school.

    For more information

    Pacific Christian School principal not registered (Manukau Courier)

    Private Christian school shut down (RNZI)

    1 COMMENT

    1. Tukuakiʻi ne ʻi ai e ngāuehalaʻaki ʻo e mafaí mo e fakahoko fatongia ʻikai fakapolofesinale hili e tuʻutuʻuni ke tāpuni e ako Siasi Tōkaikoló.

      Kuo tukuakiʻi ʻe ha taki lotu mei he Saute ʻo ʻAokalaní ʻaneafi ne hohoko hono ngāue halaʻaki ʻo e mafaí mo ʻikai fakapolofesinale ʻa e ngāué ʻi he ako taautaha ʻa e Tōkaikoló ʻa ia kuo tuʻutuʻuni ʻe he puleʻangá ke tāpuní.

      Ko hono fai ʻeni ʻo e ngaahi talanoa lau-tokua ko ʻení ʻe Faifekau Fakaʻosi Hauk o e taha ia e kau taki foʻou ʻo e Fakatahaʻanga Moʻui Foʻou ʻIa Kalaisí ʻi Saute ʻAokalani hili hono fakaeʻa hake kuo tuku atu ha uike ʻe ua ke fakamāʻopoʻopo ai ʻa e ʻapiako Pacific Christian kae tāpuni pea fakamahino foki ko e puleako ʻo e akoʻangá ni ne teʻeki lēsisita ia ko ha faiako.

      Ko Faifekau Haú ko e tokotaha fakaanga fefeka ʻaupito ia ʻo e Palesiteni ʻo e Tokaikoló, Liufau Saulala ʻi he taʻu ʻe 10 kuohilí pea ne motu ia mo haʻane kulupu mei he siasí ni.

      Ne tukuakiʻi ʻe Faifekau Hau ʻa e ngaahi meʻa ko ʻeni kuó ne ʻohaké ʻi ha fakaʻekeʻeke mo e Kanivá ʻanepō:
      i. Ne ʻi ai e ngaahi meʻa ne hoko ʻa ia ko hono liliu e maaka ʻo e fānau ako ʻa e kakai ʻoku nau poupouʻi e taki ʻo e siasí ke ʻotumuʻa he tānaki tuʻunga ʻa e akó.
      ii. Ne ʻikai faʻa totongi e vahe ʻa e kau kau faiakó
      iii. Ne ne ʻosi faleʻi e Poate Talāsití ke tāmateʻi e akó.

      Ne fakahā ʻe Hau ki he Ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá ne fakahiki ʻe ia hono fohá ki ha ako ʻe taha koeʻuhi ko ʻene tui ne liliu ʻa e ola ʻo ʻene siví. Ne ne pehē ne kau lelei e liliu maaka ko ʻení ki he fānau ia ʻa kinautolu naʻe ʻi ai ʻenau fepikitaki mo e kau taki muʻa he siasí.

      Ne ne pehē ne fakahā ange kiate ia ʻe ha faiako ʻi he akoʻangá ni fakatatau ko e ki he ola ʻo e siví ko hono fohá ne tonu ke uá. Ka neongo ia ʻi he ʻaho ʻo e tānaki tuʻungá ne ui mai ia kuo fā hono fohá ʻo na.

      Ne ne pehē ne kole ange ʻa Liufau ke fakafoki mai ʻene tamasiʻí ki he akó ʻoku mahuʻinga ke nau tuʻufakataha ʻo poupouʻi e ako ʻa e siasí ka ne ʻikai pe ke ne tali.

      Ne pehē ʻe Haú ne iku ki haʻane malanga ʻe taha he Tokaikoló peá ne huaʻi hangatonu mai ai pe hono mamahí ki he faifekau pulé Pita Vai mo e siasí ʻene mamahi heʻenau meʻa ne fai ki hono fohá.

      Pehē ʻe Faifekau Haú ne ne ʻai hangatonu ange pe ki he siasí ko e meʻa ne nau fai ki hono fohá ʻoku ʻikai ngali ia mo ha ako mo ha siasi ʻoku nau taukaveʻi e ngaahi tōʻonga faka-Kalisitiané.

      Ne ne toe tukuakiʻi foki ne tou tuʻu ange kau faiakó ki hono ʻōfisí he lāunga heʻikai ke maʻu ʻenau vahé pe ko e mātuʻaki ʻikai pe ha vahe ia.

      Kuo tukuakiʻi ai ʻe Hau ne hoko e taʻe vahe ʻa e kau faikó ko e palopalema lahi ia he taimi koi á. Ne ne pehē ne tokolahi e kau faiako kau ai ʻa e kau ʻInitia ne nau pāhia pe he lāunga he taʻe vahé pea nau mavahe.
      Ne ne pehē ko ʻene tuí ne ʻikai ō e kau faiako ko ʻení ʻo ʻai ke ʻilo lahia mo lāunga ki he puleʻangá koeʻuhī ne ʻi ai e alea mo kinautolu ʻe ʻikai ngofua ken au fakaangaʻi pe ʻai ke ʻilo lahia ʻe he kakaī ha ngaahi meʻa ʻoku nau hohaʻa ki ai kau ki he akó.

      Pehē foki ʻe Haú ko ʻene tui ne kei hoko pe taʻevahe ʻa e kau faiakó ko ha palopalema he akoʻangá ni hili ʻenau mavahe mo hono kau muimuí ʻi he taʻu ʻe ua kuohilí.

      Ne ne pehē foki ne lolotonga ʻene kei ʻi he Tōkaikoló ne ne faleʻi e Poate Talāsití ke tamateʻi e akó ha taʻu ʻe 5 ki he 10 kae lava ke tā ʻe he siasí enau nō hono langa e fale lotu ʻi Mangere ke fai mo ʻosi pea toki fakamoʻui e akó ka ne ʻikai ha tokanga mai ia ki heʻene faleʻí.

      Ne ne pehē ne ne fai e faleʻí ni koeʻuhī ko e meʻa ia ne faʻa taʻe vahe ai e kau faiakó koeʻuhī he kuopau ke muʻomuʻa hono tā ʻe he siasí ia e noó.

      ʻE tāpuni e akoʻanga Pacific Christian School ʻi ha uike ʻe ua mei heni ʻe he Potungāue Ako ʻa Nuʻu Silá ʻo nau pehē ʻoku nau mātuʻaki hohaʻa ki he malu ʻa e fānau ako ʻe toko 70 ʻoku ako he ʻapiakó.

      Kuo fakahā foki ne ʻikai ako fakafaiako ʻa e pule akó ia, Līsita Pāongo pea ko e ngofua ʻokú ne maʻú ko e ngofua fakafaiako fakangatangata pe ʻa ia ʻoku ʻikai ha faingamālie lahi ia ai ke ne fakahoko e fatongia fakafaiakó ʻi he ʻapiakó.

      Fakatatau foki kia Haú ko e silapa ko ʻeni ʻoku fakaleleʻaki ʻa e akó ko e silapa ia mei ʻAmelika pea ʻoku ʻikai haʻane kākunga ʻe taha mo e moʻui ʻa e fānaú ʻi Nuʻu Silá ni.

      Pea ʻi ha līpooti ʻa e ERO ʻa Nuʻu Sila ne fokotuʻu mai hili ʻenau fakatotolo ki he akoʻangá ni ne pehē ai ko e kalikalamu ʻoku fakaleleʻaki e ʻapiakó ʻoku tuʻunga ia he silapa ʻAmelika pea ʻoku ʻikai ha felāveʻi ʻana mo e lea, ʻaitenititī mo e angafakafonua ʻa e fānau akó.

      Ko e fuofua taimi ʻeni ke hoko ai hano toʻo ʻe he Potungāue Ako ʻa Nuʻu Silá ha lēsisita ʻa ha ʻapiako taautaha he fonuá ni.
      ʻI Sune taʻu kuo ʻosí ne fakatūʻuta ai e kau Polisí ʻi he akoʻangá ni hili ia ha lipooti ne hokaʻaki ha helekosi ha ʻulu ʻo ha leka taʻu 10 ʻe ha leka ako ʻe taha. Ne ʻi ai foki mo e lāunga hono tā ʻe he kau faiakó e fānau akó.
      Ne feinga tūkuingata e Potungāue Akó ke fakapapauʻi ange ʻe he akoʻangá ni ʻe malu hono ʻātakaí ki he fānau akó kae lava ke ke kei foaki ange pe ʻene laisení ka ne iku ki ha tuʻunga ne ʻikai ha toe falala ʻe lava ʻe he kau taki ʻo e akoʻangá ni ha fakaai ha ʻātakai ʻe seifi angé.

      Pea fakatatau ki ha līpooti mei he ERO pe ʻŌfisi ʻeni ʻo e Potungāue Akó ʻoku nau vakaiʻi e tuʻunga fakalao ʻo e ngaahi akoʻangá ne hā ai ʻa e hohaʻa ki he tuʻunga lelei (kualatī) hono akoʻi ʻo e ngaahi lēsoní mo e ako ʻa e fānaú pehē foki ki he ngaahi meʻa ki he lelei ʻa e fānaú he akoʻangá ni.

      Ne fokotuʻu atu ai ʻe he ERO ke to e fai hano vakaiʻi e laiseni ʻa e akoʻangá ni.

      Ne ʻikai foki ola e feinga ʻa e Kanivá ke fetuʻutaki mo e akoʻangá ni pe siasí ke ʻomai haʻanau lau.

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