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NBR: ‘Destiny seeks support for govt contracts’ + my comment

Destiny seeks support for govt contracts

“I expected steam to come off” Tau Henare: “I expected steam to come off”

The government will treat any application for Whanau Ora funding from Destiny Church in the same manner as other requests, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Maori politicians including National MP Tau Henare, Labour MP Shane Jones, Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples and Mana Party leader Hone Harawira were invited to speak at the church’s annual conference in Auckland on Saturday.

Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki indicated the church was interested in government contracts including for Whanau Ora — a Maori Party flagship policy designed to improve efficiency of social services by lessening replication, and improving co-ordination between providers.

The programme focuses on families’ needs as a whole rather than responding only to a specific individual.

About 25 collectives involving 158 health and social service providers have begun to deliver Whanau Ora. Destiny Church has attracted criticism in the past over its controversial stance on homosexuality and claims from former churchgoers that it is a money-making venture.

Mr Key said the church could bid for contracts.

“They’d have to go and bid like anybody else, that’s a matter for those that determine those contracts,” he said. “But from our perspective, they are one of many, many people who have put their name forward for a contract — in the end the officials decide that.”

Dr Sharples said the church ran some good social welfare and education programmes.

He would not commit to backing calls for funding but said he would “certainly listen” to any formal request.

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei was not invited to the weekend event. “I’m disappointed he (Bishop Tamaki) didn’t give his people the chance to hear the breadth of political views but the Destiny Church is very intolerant and many of their values are quite at odds from the Greens. We would have had to have talked about that and it would have been uncomfortable for them.

“I’m not sure I would have gone if I’d got an invitation.”

Freaky Mr Henare told reporters this morning it was “freaky” when churchgoers laid their hands on the MPs in prayer during the conference. “I expected steam to come off,” he said.



“About 25 collectives involving 158 health and social service providers have begun to deliver Whanau Ora.”

How much duplication of resources occurs under the ‘Whanau Ora’ model?

Is this not privatisation of social services – first to the ostensibly ‘not-for-profit’ NGOs – then what???

Isn’t this just the thin end of the privatisation wedge for ‘social services’?

Look at care for the elderly in NZ.

Devolved from the State to the churches – now run for private profit?

Another form of corporate welfare?

Where’s the accountability as far as the contracting-out of these services is concerned?

In my considered opinion – there is little enough ‘transparency’ and ‘accountability’ with the spending of public monies on public services , by ‘public’ (government – especially local government) bodies – let alone NGOs. Penny Bright Penny Bright | Tuesday, June 7, 2011 – 5:23pm


reply >SPAM< Penny Bright | Tuesday, June 7, 2011 – 5:23pm >SPAM< Anonymous | Tuesday, June 7, 2011 –


8:59pm reply

Getting whanau ora funding sounds like another “piggie snouts in the (government) trough oportunity ” for Destiny and the other organisations of questionable value who line up for it. Would any of them stand up to a full audit and be accountable for every dollar gained.

Doubt it !

Just like the bums on seats payments to language schools and other training establishments who have ripped this country off for zillions.

The NZ government departments are so inept when it comes to spending the tax dollar wisely. Anonymous | Tuesday, June 7, 2011 – 8:58pm

June 7, 2011 - Posted by | Fighting corruption in NZ, Transparency in Govt spending

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