According to David Rankin, Professor Hingangaroa Smith should take a pay cut and/or resign as CEO of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.

Professor Smith receives an annual salary of over $500k, and David Rankin is accusing Awanuiarangi of cutting student services while Professor Hingangaroa Smith is having a salary increase.

David Rankin believes Professor Hingangaroa Smith should scale down his salary to $150k and the other $400, 000 to a scholarship and David Rankin said he would also put funds into the scholarship should Proessor Hingangaroa Smith take the advice.

In response to David Rankin, Deputy Chairman of the council of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi Layne Harvey said the salary is set by the State Commission Services. Layne Harvey refutes the insinuation of wrong doing from David Rankin.

Me poro i tana putea-ā-tau me makere rānei a Ahorangi Hingangaroa Smith i tana turanga hei tumuaki o Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, koinei te karanga a David Rankin o Ngapuhi. Neke atu i te rima rau mano tārā te whiwhinga putea-a-tau a Ahorangi Hingananga Smith e whakapae ana a David Rankin, tetahi o nga mahi kino ka poroa e Awanuiarangi etahi o āna ratonga tauira, kei te piki tonu te putea-a-tau a Ahorangi Hinganga Smith. E mea ana a David Rankin me whakaiti a Ahorangi Hinganga Smith i tana putea-a-tau ki te kotahi rau rima tekau mano tāra ko te wha rau mano tārā e toe ana ki roto i tetahi karahipi me te kupu a David Rankin ka puru hoki a ia he putea ki taua karahipi mena ka aro a Ahorangi Hinganga Smith. Hei urupare i a David Rankin kei te kī te korero a te Heamana tuarua o te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarngi a Layne Harvey he whakatau tera putea-ā-tau a Ahorangi Hinangaroa Smith nā Te Komihana o Nga Tari Kāwanatanga. No reira kei te whakahē a Layne Harvey i nga korero a David Rankin.