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Sex Offender Stole Identity To Teach

IDENTITY THEFT—NEW ZEALAND

August 23, 2012

A report from Minister of Education Hekia Parata has revealed that convicted sex offender Te Rito Henry Miki was able to teach after he stole the identity of a teacher listed on the New Zealand Teachers’ Council website. Parata said the incident was the result of “serious failings across the whole system.” A committee has since made 35 recommendations on how to prevent similar incidents from occurring, including sharing data on teachers’ name changes. Pending the passage of the Privacy (Information Sharing) Bill, agencies will consider whether the Department of Internal Affairs may share name-change information with the New Zealand Teachers’ Council and the Ministry of Education, The New Zealand Herald reports.
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