Staff told to give pay back

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A South Waikato prin­ci­pal was left stressed, frus­trated and feel­ing un­sup­ported af­ter the Novo­pay de­ba­cle con­tin­ued last week.

The er­rors forced some schools this week to pay staff to work ex­tra hours to deal with the prob­lems, which were com­pli­cated and var­ied.

Some staff were un­der­paid; while oth­ers were over­paid.

A na­tional sur­vey of prin­ci­pals, con­ducted by New Zealand Prin­ci­pals As­so­ci­a­tion, showed 97.2 per cent of those ques­tioned were not con­fi­dent their staff would be paid cor­rectly by the end of the school year be­cause of on­go­ing prob­lems with Novo­pay, which has logged 8000 er­rors since it was in­tro­duced in Au­gust.

Cargill Open Plan School in Toko­roa was one of the schools af­fected and, while its is­sues are mild com­pared with oth­ers, Novo­pay’s er­rors are still felt.

‘‘I knew there was a prob­lem from the last pay [two weeks prior],’’ prin­ci­pal Rhonda Rayner said.

‘‘The last pay, we had peo­ple who weren’t en­ti­tled to be paid be­ing paid. This pay, we had peo­ple who were en­ti­tled to be get­ting pay, not get­ting paid their weekly hours and hol­i­day pay.’’

Once Mrs Rayner dis­cov­ered the er­rors, she con­tacted Novo­pay ad­vis­ing them of the sit­u­a­tion. How­ever, her con­cerns were not en­tirely heard.

‘‘What hap­pened is that we got this report which told us what pay was go­ing out. Nancy [ Flavall, of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tor] and I went through it and it was like, ‘ Holy hell, this isn’t right’.

‘‘We rang Novo­pay to stop some pay from go­ing through and we rang them to or­gan­ise some­one get­ting paid an­nual hol­i­day pay. But also, as a con­se­quence of that, I had to ring the two mem­bers who shouldn’t have been paid that money will ap­pear in their ac­count and that they will need to pay it back.

‘‘Those are not nice con­ver­sa­tions to have with peo­ple. Then I had to tell the per­son that they haven’t been paid for two weeks and hol­i­day pay.’’

She added that three peo­ple were af­fected – but more pos­si­bly.

‘‘We are not sure about the hol­i­day pay,’’ she said.

Mean­while, one er­ror was cor­rected.

‘‘Our is­sues are noth­ing com­pared with other schools [ around the coun­try],’’ Mrs Rayner said. Rhonda Rayner

Prin­ci­pal Be­tween Oc­to­ber 24 and Novem­ber 30 there were a to­tal of 85 dogs im­pounded. Of those, 44 have been eu­thanised, 22 have been claimed and three re­homed. Leav­ing 16 still in the pound. There were also six dog at­tacks, six cases of re­ported ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour over the re­port­ing pe­riod. In the last month there were six re­ported cases of in­fec­tious dis­eases in the South Waikato. There were in­di­vid­ual cases of campy­lobac­te­rio­sis, gi­a­r­dia­sis, yersin­io­sis and three cases of cryp­tosporid­io­sis. For­est View High School stu­dent Danni-Jane Umaki was se­lected for the New Zealand Tal­ent Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gramme for net­ball re­cently. The de­fence player found about her se­lec­tion one month ago and said, ‘‘It is just like a pro­gramme that is train­ing us to­wards a train­ing camp and from there they will se­lect for New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools Na­tional Squad.’’ Dates for the train­ing have not been fi­nalised, but Danni-Jane said it will be held around the be­gin­ning of next year The Pu­taruru Squash Rack­ets Club was ap­proved a loan of $12,000 from South Waikato District Coun­cil last week. The loan re­quest was ap­proved dur­ing the coun­cil’s Cor­po­rate and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee meet­ing. The fund­ing will be used to com­plete work un­der­taken on the ladies’ change room.

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