WISA or­der thrown out

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

A Welling­ton High Court judge ruled that the liq­ui­da­tion or­der filed against Whi­tireia’s In­de­pen­dent Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion was a ‘‘plain abuse of the court’s pro­cesses’’ and threw it out last Mon­day.

Civil ac­tivist and part-time stu­dent Gra­ham McCready, who sought to have the as­so­ci­a­tion shut down af­ter a $ 750,000 spend­ing scan­dal, was sobered by the de­ci­sion.

‘‘I feel OK. I may have ex­ceeded my­self in try­ing to shut things down, but it was for the good of the stu­dents.’’

Judge John Miller said in his notes: ‘‘There can be no ques­tion that Mr McCready has se­ri­ously over­reached him­self.

‘‘In the cir­cum­stances, the ap­pli­ca­tion for an or­der wind­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion up is a plain abuse of the court’s pro­cesses, and the pro­ceed­ing must be dis­missed, with costs.’’

Never one to back down from a fight, Mr McCready said he had ‘‘no in­ten­tion to take any­thing fur­ther ex­cept to ap­peal the de­ci­sion’’.

For­mer act­ing WISA pres­i­dent Tim Manu, who stood down from the role two weeks be­fore the hear­ing, said the de­ci­sion was a very good re­sult.

‘‘I am ab­so­lutely thrilled and re­lieved with the out­come. Al­though it was ex­pected that the court would throw out Mr McCready’s ap­pli­ca­tion, there is noth­ing more re­as­sur­ing than for it to ac­tu­ally hap­pen. We can now hope­fully fo­cus on re­build­ing the stu­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion with­out any more dis­rup­tion or chaos from any bul­lies or trou­ble­mak­ers.’’

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