The Government has had so much flak over the dubious nature of the grants from its various slush funds, it has come up with a novel new approach.
Instead of doshing out the money itself, it will hand it all over in one lump to outside organisations, and let them hand it out.
Because that way, you can not find out under the Official Information Act, who the end recepients are.
Only problem is these outsiude fund managers have taken the money, had it for over a year, and have yet to actually distribute a single dollar. They’va had lots of expenses though.
Personally the whole idea of a whanau development fund sounds exactly like what Brash targetted at Orewa – programmes based on race not need.