Parliament

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

 

How many reports and reviews are too many?

Katherine Rich MP National Party Social Services Spokeswoman

09 November 2004

How many reports and reviews are too many?

"The Government has finally launched an inquiry into matters connected to the now infamous 'hip-hop grant' - months after allegations first surfaced," says National Party Welfare spokeswoman Katherine Rich.

"Steve Maharey's reluctance is quite surprising really, given that he has called for at least 46 other inquiries into specific grants handed out under his stewardship of the Social Development portfolio."

The Minister has confirmed in a letter that the Department of Labour 'will urgently conduct a formal investigation' into the use of grants at the Christchurch Community Outsource Trust, which has received $143,000 of public money in the past six years.

Mrs Rich sparked the inquiry after passing information to the Minister that she received while looking into the circumstances of Fuarosa Tamati. She was half of the mother and daughter duo who were given taxpayer money to 'do a whole lot of travelling for hip-hop'.

"A series of allegations came to light during my investigation, and it is appropriate that the Minister and his department take a much closer look to make sure taxpayer money is going where it is supposed to.

"I do have real concerns, though, that on his watch Mr Maharey has now launched 47 separate inquiries - many of which have uncovered fundamental failures in the most basic reporting and monitoring functions.

"Make no mistake, this won't be the last inquiry that Mr Maharey launches into the poorly targeted programmes which he and his department are responsible for," says Mrs Rich.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Principals' Federation:
End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended.

"This is such a win for all the principals who never believed in national standards and who, for the past decade, have argued for what is morally right for our nation's young people and their learning," said Cormick. More>>

 

Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>

ALSO:

RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>

ALSO:

'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages