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
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.