The principal of Green School New Zealand, the school that Green Party leader James Shaw signed off a $11.7 million grant for, has resigned.
A statement to the Herald confirmed Stuart MacAlpine is due to finish at the school by the end of the year.
"Green School NZ principal, Stuart MacAlpine, has been head-hunted by one of the most prestigious global foundations in the world and will be moving on from Green School at the end of the year," a statement to the Herald said.
Despite the resignation as principal, MacAlpine would remain involved with the school in the future and more information would be announced next week once contractual details were finalised, the note said.
"This is a welcome and timely affirmation of the quality of Green School's educational leadership team."
The school made no mention of the somewhat stormy situation it has been in over the last few weeks.
The school's building project was signed off as one of the "shovel-ready" projects eligible for part of the $3 billion infrastructure fund to help economic stimulus in the wake of Covid-19.
It was signed off by Finance Minister Grant Robertson, Associate Finance Minister David Parker, New Zealand First Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones, and Shaw as Associate Finance Minister.
The decision has infuriated Green Party members because the party opposes public funding of private schools and Shaw has apologised widely and profusely for his "error of judgment" over the matter.
The Opposition has also made much of further revelations of an August 7 email from Shaw's office to the other ministers, obtained by Newshub, saying Shaw would not sign several other projects until the Green School in Taranaki was incorporated in the list.
The Opposition has said that amounts to holding the Government to ransom.
There were at least 44 delayed projects with Government funding totalling $600 million.
Last week, Education Minister Chris Hipkins disputed Shaw's claims that Hipkins gave a "verbal sign-off" to $11.7 million going to the private Taranaki Green School for a building project.
Hipkins said today that that would "mischaracterise" their conversation about the school - which is not related to the Green Party.
The claim that Hipkins had verbally signed off the controversial grant has been revealed by RNZ in a video it obtained of the Green Party meeting held via Zoom last Friday night.
In it Shaw tells Green Party members: "Chris [Hipkins] is not one of the Budget ministers so he was not intimately involved in the decision because it wasn't going through Vote Education and it wouldn't go through Vote Education because Vote Education doesn't fund this kind of thing.
"He did say that assuming everything else being equal that as long as the funding partner is the [Taranaki District] council, which it is, that he was okay with it.
"So he did sort of give at least a verbal sign-off to the project."
Speaking to reporters at Manukau Institute of Technology in Otara, Hipkins said he had been very public about the conversations he had had with Shaw.
"I said quite clearly to him that it was not a priority for us from an educational perspective and that if it was being considered through a different process, then that was a matter for a different process but I was not involved in that."
Asked specifically about Shaw's claim to several hundred Green Party members that Hipkins had given verbal sign-off, Hipkins said: "No, look I think that would mis-characterise the conversation."
A spokeswoman for Shaw said that he stood by his commentary on the Zoom call to party members "and continues to feel supported by caucus and the membership".