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More dubious spending from 'hip-hop' fund

Katherine Rich MP National Party Social Services Spokeswoman

25 May 2004

More dubious spending from 'hip-hop' fund

National Party Social Services spokeswoman Katherine Rich says she has uncovered yet more dubious spending from the fund that paid for the now infamous 'hip-hop study tour'.

"It's a sobering reminder in a week that the Government prepares to start spending the millions it has collected in over-taxation," says Mrs Rich.

Information from the Community Employment Group notes that it handed out $2000 for a 'Te Kahui family reunion', which a New Plymouth CEG official describes as 'a real success'.

It has been reported that the reunion included a 'capacity building wananga' for family members.

"Family reunions can be great fun but what will CEG fund next? Weddings and baby showers?

"No-one should expect the taxpayer to provide funding for family get-togethers," says Mrs Rich.

Other grants handed out by CEG include a $2000 hip-hop hui in Hastings to 'establish networks and strategic alliances within the hip-hop industry'.

"It's time someone took responsibility for these poor funding decisions. The buck must stop with the Minister.

"Taxpayers expect much better from a Government that's spending so much of their money," Mrs Rich says.

ENDS

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