NZ Centre Director Pays $31,000 For Abusing Educators and Children

By August 09, 2018
NZ Centre Director Pays $31,000 For Abusing Educators and Children

Natasha Joy Ashton, of Manukau, New Zealand has been deregistered and ordered to pay $31,000 in costs after her "rough physical treatment'' of children and staff alike amounted to serious misconduct.

Staff stated that Natasha was disrespectful and unprofessional in her treatment of staff, including physical ill-treatment and threats of dismissal and using racially offensive language, she had dubious financial record-keeping and lied to providers of professional development.

After Natasha was promoted to Centre Director in July 2013, allegations arose about her conduct which included rough physical treatment and psychological abuse of children and ill-treatment of children.

During the hearing at the NZ Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal, allegations made by staff members and witnesses were extensive and detailed.

"She hit children and/or directed staff to hit children harder ... she put food that children had spat out, including when it had fallen on the floor, back into children's mouths.

"She made racist comments such as 'bloody Indians' or 'coconuts' or 'bloody PIs' (referring to Pacific Islanders) and/or asked inappropriate questions about the sex life of parents such as: 'Is he good in bed'?"

Other evidence given included that she hit staff members with objects, threatened to have them fired and on one occasion, had a staff member stand facing a corner.

She also engaged in the psychological abuse of children, the hearing heard, forbidding some to go to sleep and once told staff not to change a boy who had wet his pants.

Natasha has been censured, her registration cancelled and ordered that the register be annotated. She is ordered to pay $20,000 towards the CAC's costs and a total of $11,000 towards the Tribunal's costs.

Tapaleao, Vaimoana "Auckland Daycare Teacher Must Pay $31,000 After Mistreatment Of Children and Staff", NZ Herald, 6 August 2018

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