Education minister asks for briefing on Wintec

Wintec chief executive Mark Flowers.


Wintec chief executive Mark Flowers.

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.” 

Education Minister Chris Hipkins.


Education Minister Chris Hipkins.

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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.

 – Stuff

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