Missing millions not a problem

 Mt Aspiring College caretaker Ronnie Moffat, of Wanaka, checks his bank account to see if he has been overpaid $102,772,800. Photo by Mark Price.
Mt Aspiring College caretaker Ronnie Moffat, of Wanaka, checks his bank account to see if he has been overpaid $102,772,800. Photo by Mark Price.
Ronnie Moffat, of Wanaka, has not become a multi-millionaire school caretaker.

Concerned he might be mistakenly paid out $102,772,800 in holiday pay by the Ministry of Education's troublesome Novopay payroll system, the Mt Aspiring College caretaker was at his bank early yesterday. But, within a few moments he discovered his holiday pay was all present and correct and there was no overpayment.

Mr Moffat's payslip had mistakenly shown his hourly rate to be $658,800 rather than the correct figure of $16.09.

That suggested he might be in line for a multimillion-dollar payout for the 26 days of leave he was taking.

A relieved Mr Moffat told the Otago Daily Times he was not disappointed that his holiday pay was hundreds of dollars rather than millions.

''It would have been a hassle.''

Mr Moffat said the prospect of a multimillion-dollar mistake had been ''quite funny'' for him.

But his thoughts were with others in the education system not getting their correct pay.

''It's a bit of a joke for me, but for others it is not so funny.''

Since the Novopay system began in August, Mr Moffat's fortnightly pay has been $110 short, but Aspiring College had made up the shortfall manually.

- mark.price@odt.co.nz