Missing millions not a problem

Mt Aspiring College caretaker Ronnie Moffat, of Wanaka, checks his bank account to see if he  has...
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

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