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

 


Māori Party Not Convinced By Convention Report

MEDIA STATEMENT
Te Ururoa Flavell
MP for Waiariki
Tuesday 19th February 2013

Māori Party Not Convinced By Convention Report

Problem gambling bill sponsor, Te Ururoa Flavell, is alarmed by revelations in the Auditor General’s report that the Inquiry Report concludes that they “do not consider that the evaluation process was transparent or even-handed.”

The report clearly states that one submitter was treated differently from the others during the evaluation process of responses to the Expressions of Interest request.

“SkyCity received a ‘materially different’ response than other organisations who tendered for the right to establish an international convention centre and the Auditor General states this was inconsistent with principles of transparency and fairness,” said Te Ururoa Flavell.

“The report also identified a range of deficiencies in the advice provided and the steps leading up to the decision.”

“We take this advice seriously. New Zealanders require assurance that any partnerships negotiated by Government are appropriately managed. We want to see much more evidence of the analysis of the social hazard dimension associated with problem gambling than one paragraph in a 70 page report,” stated Te Ururoa (see part 7.3 of report).

“On 18 January 2011, the Ministry of Economic Development hired a financial analyst to help inform the Government’s negotiating position. Apparently that advice considered whether any gambling harm minimisation measures would be necessary to balance the value of the concessions sought.”

“We believe all New Zealanders need to know the nature of the advice put forward from both this analysis and advice from the Department of Internal Affairs to truly understand the social effects of any gambling concessions.”

“We categorically reject any opportunity for SkyCity to benefit from special provisions such as an increase in gaming tables and machines at the Auckland casino.”

“The Māori Party has consistently spoken out against any initiatives which facilitate gambling as a social hazard. Indeed, the Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill that I have sponsored is specifically designed to prevent and minimise harm, ensure money from gambling benefits the community and facilitate community involvement in decisions about the provision of gambling.”

“The Auditor General is ‘satisfied that the issues have received adequate attention’ and notes that any reforms of this kind will also be debated publicly and by Parliament before they can be implemented. It is the Māori Party’s intention to make sure the social hazards of problem gambling are a key facet of this debate.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Alison McCulloch: Lest We Remember

Local iwi have plans to spruce up the Te Ranga site as part of the 150th commemorations this year of key battles in the “New Zealand Wars”, but not a lot of money to do it with.

Information gathered from numerous government agencies shows that while more than $25 million is being spent on monuments and commemorations relating to foreign wars, primarily World War I and its centenary, only around $250,000 has been set aside for those fought on our own soil. More>>

Anne Russell: Anzac Day - Identity Politics, With Guns

Even cursory research into media reports from the past forty years reveals a cultural shift in the commemoration of Anzac Day. Among other things, turnout at Dawn services has increased significantly in recent decades.

Contemporary numbers are estimated at 3,000-4,000 in Wellington, and 10,000-15,000 in Auckland. Newspaper reports from the 1970s and 80s estimated Wellington turnouts at 300-800, and Auckland at anywhere from 600 to 4,000. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Spookwatch: New Inspector-General Of Intelligence And Security Appointed

Prime Minister John Key hasannounced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. The appointment was made by the Administrator of the Government on behalf of the Governor General and is for a term of three years. More>>

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

ALSO:

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news