It was an exemplary performance, captain – but now you’ve got to walk the plank

February 10, 2010

Radio NZ has picked up the curious story of the departing chief executive of the Maori Language Commission but doesn’t take it much further than the Dominion-Post.

It reports her as saying says she’s proud of what she achieved in her three years in the job.

The item was produced by the Waatea News staff, and – alas – they don’t seem to have been much inclined to dig too deeply to find out what’s been going on.

We are told –

Huhana Rokx resigned from Te Taura Whiri following an investigation and mediation process sparked by a letter from staff complaining about her management style.

Mrs Rokx told Waatea News she’s leaving her successor with a strategy mapped out to meet the board’s objectives.

But Alf wanted to hear from the boss’s boss on his role in these goings-on and how much support Ms Rokx was given by her board when the shit hit the fan.

The big question: how come it’s the captain who must walk the plank when the crew become mutinous?

Waatea News tells us only that –

Maori Language Commissioner Erima Henare says Huhana Rokx’s performance was exemplary and her resignation was an honourable response to difficult circumstances faced by the chief executive, the staff and the board.

It’s not much, but it tells us something fascinating.

The captain’s performance was exemplary.

We can only conclude she has gone because her crew’s performance has been more than exemplary.


Staff get their Rokx off at the Maori Language Commission

February 9, 2010

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples is keeping shtum about strange goings-on at the Maori Language Commission, on the not unreasonable grounds he does not comment on employment matters.

Let’s hope this does not mean he is indifferent to those strange goings-on, because it looks suspiciously as if we should be taking a closer look at the board.

A word with the commission chairman, a bloke called Erima Henare, certainly seems to be in order.

Alf gives this advice to Sharples on learning today that –

Maori Language Commission chief executive Huhana Rokx has resigned after an investigation over concerns about her management style.
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