Urgent advice sought as white supremacist represents school board

The Associate Minister for Education has sought urgent advice on school board elections, after a white supremacist revealed his candidacy for a multicultural school in Christchurch.

Philip Arps represents the Board of Trustees of Te Aratai College in Linwood.

He was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sharing footage of the Christchurch terror attack.

Minister Jan Tinetti said she had sought advice on the scope of a code of conduct being developed for school boards.

“We’re also looking at that eligibility to start with, so how can we link the legislation to the code of conduct at this stage is at advice level, but I’m really looking at that with some haste.”

Labor MP Jan Tinetti.

Tinetti said she also considered whether any legislative changes needed to be made.

She had sought urgent advice on whether the code, which was already being worked on, could be linked to someone’s eligibility, she said.

“I want to see if there’s room for this to reinforce the work of who’s eligible or what people can say when they come to a board, I don’t know what that will look like but it’s what I am looking for .”


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