CHRISTEL YARDLEY / STUFF
The Education Minister has asked for a briefing on Wintec after it was revealed the tertiary provider spent $175,000 on legal fees to avoid an interview as part of a Stuff investigation.
A spokesperson for Chris Hipkins confirmed on Tuesday morning that the minister had asked the Tertiary Education Commission for a briefing.
“We are unable to give further comment on this, at this stage.”
The latest development comes after it was revealed that Wintec spent $175,000 to ward off the interview in a Stuff investigation into allegations made against the institution and its chief executive, Mark Flowers.
The two-year investigation has been fraught with obstacles, including Flowers’ issuing not-for-publication answers to the reporter’s questions through his legal team at Bell Gully.
Wintec board chairman Barry Harris on December 1 acknowledged a confidential 2015 investigation into allegations against the tertiary provider and Flowers. The investigation cleared Flowers.
More to come.