That is the compensation the university has to pay Dr Paul Buchanan whom the Emp-loyment Relations Authority says was unfairly sacked after he emailed a student to say her work was crap and he doubted her father had died. Even after all this time, there is yet no proof her old man actually popped his clogs. Furthermore, other emails showed Dr Buchanan tried to help her.
It is curious the NZ Herald story says the identity of the student concerned is suppressed, when Asma Al Yamahi revealed all to her local rag back home in Dubai, which led to the exposure of her identity here last August. It doesn't take an Einstein to do a bit of digging and the suppression is not mentioned in other media reports.
And then there was the Palestinian connection from Palestinian activists helping to bring about Dr Buchanan's downfall, even though the NZ Herald noted the professor was sympatheitic to their cause.
Either way, Auckland University surely has egg on its face after this employment court hearing. Now $51,000 for lost wages and $15,000 for hurt feelings is a small price to pay for the university in this case.
Dr Buchanan was NOT reinstated to his old job, which seems to be what people want.
Perhaps the bigger price is that being paid by other Auckland University students who have to put up with second or third rate students like Asma Al Yammahi, who remain in place because of the university's 'bums on seats mentality', which Dr Buchanan was previously criticised, as well as the university's own political correctness which also safeguards the weak and stupid.
UPDATE: More back ground here: