McCready makes tax allegations
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’’.