Teacher censured after forging cheques, lying about student numbers

By Frances Cook

Marie Hinehou Thornton resigned after her actions were uncovered.
Marie Hinehou Thornton resigned after her actions were uncovered.

A Tokoroa teacher has been censured for misconduct including forging cheques.

Marie Hinehou Thornton appeared before the Education Council's Disciplinary Tribunal this afternoon.

She was charged with a list of offences from her time as a teacher at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Hiringa, including forging the signature of the chair of the Board of Trustees on cheques, and lying about the number of students on the annual return.

Thornton is also charged with allowing a conflict of interest over the handling of pay forms for her own pay, and travel allowances.

The Disciplinary Tribunal also noted she failed to act appropriately in light of an obvious conflict of interest between herself and family members.

Thornton has now resigned from her role as a teacher at the Tokoroa school, and been censured by the Tribunal.

The Tribunal is deliberating on whether to take any further action against Thornton.

- NZ Herald

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