Aoraki Polytechnic has paid former naturopathy students $515 000 for falsely advertising their course had degree status. The students were seeking $4 million in compensation.

The long-running dispute between the 36 students and the polytechnic was settled in November 1999 after three days of mediation in Christchurch.

At the time both parties agreed to keep secret the terms of the settlement contract. The settlement details were obtained under the Official Information Act.

Details were made public in March after a 16-month investigation by chief ombudsman Sir Brian Elwood.

From the Dominion, 28 March 2001.

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