Whanau Ora Provides a Drug Dealing Paradise
Rt Hon Winston Peters
15 November 2012
Whanau Ora Provides a Drug Dealing
New Zealand First says the
four-year jail sentence of a Dunedin gang member who
syphoned $20,000 of Whanau Ora money to buy cannabis is
further proof that the scheme should be scrapped.
Hon Winston Peters says the Dunedin Notorious Mongrel Mob
was considered by the underworld as a model for how other
criminal gangs could access Whanau Ora funding.
“Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia chose to ignore
concerns that gang families had access to funding under the
scheme. She can no longer hide her head in the sand.
“She must face up to the fact that Whanau Ora has no
basic data on participation levels, and glaring monitoring
gaps on where millions of taxpayer dollars are going.
“This means the Minister has no way of knowing how
many other gangs are using Whanau Ora to fund drug deals and
other criminal activity.
“The scheme has no
transparency and must be scrapped,” says Mr
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