Govt enters talks about a settlement for prison boss

Friday November 29, 2019 Written by Published in Local
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The Justice Ministry is willing to discuss terms around the dismissal of Arorangi Prison head Henry Heather, says his lawyer Norman George.


George said he received a message from Justice secretary Tamatoa Jonassen yesterday “offering to discuss the termination”.

If they were not happy with the outcome of the discussion, George said, then they would file papers in court next week to sue for wrongful dismissal.

Heather has worked in the Prison Service for 39 years, working his way up to Superintendent.

George earlier stated Corrective Services Minister George Maggie appeared to be “displeased” with complaints from Heather and other in the Prison Service about political intervention in prisoner releases.

Heather was told he would need to reapply for his job. This month, he was advised he had been unsuccessful with his application.

“He was to pack up, hand over prison property and remove himself from the Prison Service on 2 December 2019,” George said.

“He was given a month’s notice of dismissal. No reasons, grounds, wrongdoing or even an explanation was given. This is after serving his country for 39 years.”

1 comment

  • Comment Link Maria Koloofai ( Ironui Friday, 29 November 2019 13:34 posted by Maria Koloofai ( Ironui

    George Magie only the Minister of the Justice but check his qualifications nothing. Henry Heather have a COA qualifications for long time then he got the right to relive the prisoner out the police department. He deserved his job back for good.
    George Magie to do the training to get his COA not hard they got the money. Not to old to achieve qualifications like myself. My father George Teupoo Wichman 42 years Police officer in Arorangi, Rarotonga, Cook Island.

    Maria Koloofai

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