Paying the Patron!

The Herald reports:

Meanwhile, King Tuheitia’s office has refused to answer questions about the $110,000 he was paid in directors fees.

A person at the Kingitanga office told the Herald: “No one is going to talk to you sweetheart. There is no comment.”

Te Kohanga Reo Trust Board spokesman Derek Fox said the fee was legitimate, but had been written up wrong – it should have been labelled an honorarium.

King Tuheitia was the patron of the trust and because of that the trust wanted to pay him an honorarium – he hadn’t asked for it.

I’ve never before heard of a patron getting paid $110,000.

if they have so much money to spare, wouldn’t it be better to spend it on say Kohanga?

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