Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust shows need for OIA reform
The NZ Herald has picked up our comments in response to the recent scandal surrounding "irregular payments" at the taxpayer-funded South Auckland disability support provider, Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust
Trust investigates 'irregular payments' claim NZ Herald 27 May 2014
Trust investigates 'irregular payments' claim
A taxpayer-funded South Auckland disability support provider which received $30 million last year is investigating its own accounts, after claims from New Zealand First leader Winston Peters of "irregular payments".
Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust confirmed yesterday that its investigation had been ongoing for several months.
Among Mr Peters' claims were $360,662.90 paid to a bakery over two years for property maintenance, $250,000 to two firms unqualified to give financial advice and payments to a security systems company that does not exist. [...]
The Taxpayers' Union called for changes to the Official Information Act to cover groups such as the trust.
"Unlike government agencies, these non-profit groups are not required to comply with the act. This means that too often, taxpayer money disappears into a void," union executive director Jordan Williams said. Read more.