Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Health Dollars Pay Koha Tax For Spiritual Healers

Health Dollars Pay Koha Tax For Spiritual Healers

ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy was today stunned to discover that precious health dollars were used to pay tax on koha given to workers at a failed health trust that was supposedly providing spiritual and cultural healing to Maori patients.

"This shocking revelation, from Health Minister Annette King, came in response to my questions in Parliament today," Mrs Roy said.

"The Health Ministry wrote to traditional Maori healer and clairvoyant Apera Clark - at a clinic run by the Te Whare Whakapikiora o te Rangimarie Trust - outlining the review and audit process preceding the non-renewal of the contract between the Ministry and the Trust. The Trust failed 39 of the Ministry's 64 criteria at audit.

"Ms King's officials then asked Mr Clark to invoice them $90,655.33 (gst incl) - despite the fact that they were not contractually obliged to do so. The letter said the Ministry would meet the Trust's tax liability of $74,146.96 (gst excl) from that final payment.

"It is bad enough that a total of $688,000 was paid to this failed Trust. It is more outrageous that the health budget has been raided to pay outstanding PAYE on koha. Everyone knows that ordinary hard-working businesspeople, who fail to pass on PAYE, are prosecuted and bankrupted.

"Trustees are liable for the taxes of a trust. Despite my sustained questioning, Ms King has failed to explain why the Labour Government chose to pay the Trust's taxes - to the Government," Mrs Roy said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news