WISA order thrown out
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.’’