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


Public Needs to Be Reassured on Funds Allocation

Public Needs to Be Reassured on Funds Allocation

Thursday 1 Aug 2002 Dr Muriel Newman Press Releases -- Social Welfare

ACT Northland-based MP Dr Muriel Newman is writing to both CYFS and the Health Ministry questioning how they make decisions to fund health and social services agencies and what ongoing monitoring they do to prevent mass wastage of taxpayers money.

Dr Newman's action follows the allegations of poor management and wastage of funds at Northland agency Te Hau Ora O Te Tai Tokerau (THOTT).

"The problems at THOTT obviously didn't occur overnight. Why was the situation allowed to continue for so long?

"The public needs to have confidence that Government departments and ministries are, firstly checking into the credentials of organisations and people seeking funding, and secondly, that proper ongoing monitoring of the organisations and their use of taxpayers' money is carried out.

"There needs to be accountability. Without that, millions of dollars of hard earned taxpayers' money could be flushed down the drain.

"If the processes at CYFS and the Health Ministry are inadequate, then the problems with THOTT could just be the tip of the iceberg.

"I look forward to a full response from the two government agencies outlining their systems and processes. It is vital that public confidence can be restored," Dr Newman said.

For more information visit ACT online at or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19, 21/9: 1,108 Overall Cases, 4,800,000+ Vaccine Doses

23 new cases have been discovered in Auckland, which has moved to Level 3 as of Tuesday night. 818 of the Auckland cases have recovered alongside all of the Wellington cases... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Canada’s Election, And The AUKUS Defence Pact

Yesterday, Canada held an election in which everyone lost, including the voters. After holding its most expensive ( $C600 million) election campaign ever, the result was Groundhog Day, with the five main parties getting almost exactly the same number of seats as they did last time around, in 2019. Same overall result too: Liberals leader and PM Justin Trudeau will once again be leading a minority government... More>>


Green Party: Kiwis Overseas Must Be Allowed To Vote Next Year
New Zealanders stranded overseas should be allowed to vote in next year’s local government elections and the 2023 general election, the Green Party said today. “The reality of this pandemic is lots of people cannot renew their voting rights when they are home as they normally would... More>>

Government: Keeping our Police safe to keep our communities safe

The Government is committed to keeping our frontline police officers safe, so they in turn can keep New Zealanders safe – with one of the largest investments in frontline safety announced by Police Minister Poto Williams at the Police College today... More>>


Government: Counter-Terrorism Bill Returns To Parliament

The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has returned to Parliament for its second reading in an important step towards giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity... More>>

Power: Bill Changes Bring Fairness To Charges

A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>

Government: Parks expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>

Child Poverty Action Group: Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown

The current lockdown has triggered the largest weekly increase in benefit recipient numbers since the first lockdown last year, and Child Poverty Action Group is concerned the Government isn't doing enough to assist affected families... More>>




InfoPages News Channels