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Ian Wishart requests privacy waiver to investigate James Shaw’s Masters degree

To date, the investigative journalist has not received a response from the Greens co-leader.

The controversy over James Shaw’s university qualifications continues as Ian Wishart turned the spotlight on Shaw’s Master’s degree.

It was revealed last week that Shaw did not graduate from the Victoria University of Wellington with a B.A., despite his online profiles, including his LinkedIn account, stating he did. The LinkedIn profile has since been amended.

There was no dispute that Shaw graduated with a Master’s in Science (MSc) from the Bath University School of Management in 2005, but the question was how did he graduate, Wishart told The Platform host Sean Plunket.

Candidates for the Master’s degree at Bath generally had to have an honour’s undergraduate degree. The university could consider students with ‘a lower value degree’ on application, or, in exceptional circumstances only, work experience, said Wishart.

‘Because he didn’t have a degree at all, James Shaw must have made one hell of a pitch.’

Wishart claimed it was in the public interest for Shaw to reveal the information, or at least grant him a privacy waiver to be able to investigate the matter.

‘When you’re standing for public office and you’re being paid a public wage, and you want to control the public money and you want to exercise absolute power, it behoves you to demonstrate that you are transparent and open.’

Shaw had told legacy media earlier this week that he had ‘always been open’ about his university record.

For Wishart that representation was not sufficient.

‘It’s one thing to say the words to an interviewer that ‘I’m open and transparent about my academic record’, but when we challenge that and say ‘well okay if you’re open let us [have] access to it, and you don’t, the public can draw their conclusions.’

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Greens are just a cult. If Green part supporters have had any decency, they would have this liar to quit leadership. Remember James Shaw had trouble in getting re-elected, and after back-stabbling some of the senior Green leaders, he was able to retain the leadership. Greens are just a cult I repeat.

  2. Something else that needs to come to light
    Is the racial preferences being implemented and enforced for treatment in hospitals across NZ
    Not Aeotearoa

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