Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Mäori Funding Agency Stands Behind Funding Decisio

Mäori broadcasting funding agency Chairman Toby Curtis has hit out over criticism of the agency saying that his board stands by the processes it uses to reach its decisions.

His comments follow intense media interest in former MP Tukoroirangi Morgan being awarded funding by Te Mängai Päho to produce a Mäori language television series.

Toby Curtis says the board is extremely proud of the role it plays in promoting Mäori language and culture and it is disappointing that the real issues are being lost.

“It is important to remember that Te Mängai Päho’s job is to get Mäori language on the airwaves.”

He says that the board fully understands that its decisions need to stand up to any scrutiny.

“We are guardians of taxpayer’s dollars and like any Government agency we have an obligation to make sure that every cent that is spent is spent wisely.

“The process could not be clearer. People have every right to put forward their proposals and these are all then assessed against clear criteria. The board wants to make sure that successful applications are desirable, credible, affordable, and all projects add value.”

Meanwhile Chief Executive Trevor Moeke confirmed that the agency has asked Audit New Zealand to look at the processes surrounding funding decisions. It is normal practice for the agency to ask the Government auditors to check out contracts.

Trevor Moeke says he has every confidence that the findings of the office will support earlier routine audits, which showed the agency had excellent and robust systems.

“We have every confidence in the way we make decisions and the fairness surrounding them. However recent publicity makes it clear that we should be helping putting the public’s mind at rest to ensure them that we are accountable for every cent we spend.”

He says that all proposals, including Mr Morgan’s, are assessed by an independent agency, management, board members and language experts. All successful applicants must produce milestone reports before payments are made, which are carefully assessed, and all money spent must be accounted for.

[ends]

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news