McCready makes tax al­le­ga­tions

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Gra­ham McCready’s attacks on Whi­tireia In­de­pen­dent Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion act­ing pres­i­dent Tim Manu have taken a per­sonal turn.

Mr McCready said last week he would be dis­tribut­ing flyers to lo­cal body elec­tion vot­ers, ac­cus­ing Mr Manu of fail­ing to file tax and GST re­turns for the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Mr Manu, who is also a Porirua city councillor seek­ing re-elec­tion, says Mr McCready is wast­ing his time and he will sue if any of the flyers are found to be defam­a­tory.

Mr McCready, a part-time stu­dent at Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Polytech­nic, re­cently ap­pointed him­self ‘‘ liq­ui­da­tion pres­i­dent’’ of the stu­dents as­so­ci­a­tion (WISA).

This was in the wake of an on­go­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how in ex­cess of $1 mil­lion in cash and as­sets went missing from the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ac­counts.

Mr Manu, act­ing pres­i­dent of WISA, has said pre­vi­ously that Mr McCready has no man­date to as­sume con­trol and is ‘‘de­struc­tive and ma­li­cious’’.

Mr McCready sent out a press re­lease to Porirua City coun­cil­lors, and me­dia last week, ac­cus­ing Mr Manu of not fil­ing seven PAYE and three GST re­turns for WISA. He says Mr Manu’s ‘‘botched han­dling of the stu­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion is of in­ter­est to vo­tors [sic] in the East­ern ward’’.

‘‘Clearly, I am deal­ing with ab­nor­mal­i­ties,’’ Mr Manu says, dis­miss­ing the claims. ‘‘My wish for him would be that he find some­thing use­ful, pro­duc­tive and hon­ourable to do with his time. He is wast­ing tax­pay­ers’ money by forc­ing the bu­reau­cra­cies of the Crown and pri­vate sec­tor to spend time and en­ergy on his sense­less de­mands.’’

Mr Manu has re­ceived sup­port from his coun­cil col­leagues, one de­scrib­ing Mr McCready’s press re­lease as ‘‘ barely lit­er­ate’’ and ‘‘em­bar­rass­ingly poor for any ter­tiary stu­dent’’.

Mr Manu cited to Kapi-Mana News the rel­e­vant statutes that make WISA ex­empt from tax re­quire­ments.

‘‘Mr McCready has no va­lid­ity or grounds in his claims. We are us­ing the best en­deav­ours to re­cover any funds mis­ap­pro­pri­ated by pre­vi­ous of­fice hold­ers. I will sue Mr McCready for defama­tion if he makes any pub­lic com­ment in­sin­u­at­ing that I have com­mit­ted any of­fence.’’

The poly­tech’s lawyers have con­tacted Mr McCready, in­sist­ing there is no such po­si­tion as liq­ui­da­tion pres­i­dent. They be­lieve he has not been elected in ac­cor­dance with WISA’s con­sti­tu­tion and ‘‘there­fore you have no stand­ing to act or com­mu­ni­cate on be­half of WISA’’.

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