Missing $30,000 accounted for
The trust that governed Mana Education Centre used $30,000 of grant money to pay rent and staff, a report has concluded.
The Department of Internal Affairs was called in after Mana Education Centre, which folded in December, received $30,000 from Mana Community Grants Foundation in September.
It is understood about $17,000 was used for the intended purpose of paying for resources and education courses at the centre, but there was a question mark over $13,000.
The last acting chairman of the centre’s trust, Russell Marshall, said Department of Internal Affairs has given the trust a clean slate after its investigation.
It was unfortunate the way the $30,000 grant was talked about in the public arena via the media, he said, but the matter was now closed and no money had to be paid back.
It was the first instance of a foundation grant, or part of a grant, not being used for what it was intended, since Mana Community Grants Foundation began in 2002.
Russell Marshall: Clean slate for trust.