Help the Autism Intervention Trust

November 4th, 2008 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Support the Autism Intervention Trust. They deserve support in their own right anyway, but also should not be financially penalised for turning down $10,000 from NZ First:

The Autism Intervention Trust confirmed yesterday that it rejected an offer of $10,000 from the party – because “it wasn’t NZ First’s money to give”, spokeswoman Prue Payne said.

Ms Payne said the trust was tempted to give some of the money to a poor and “incredibly deserving” Somali solo mother who was struggling to raise her autistic daughter.

But when the trust realised the implications of where the money came from it sent NZ First’s cheque back because “it was the right thing to do”.

You can donate by cheque to the Autism Intervention Trust, PO Box 83052, Johnsonville, Wellington.

The following charities did take donations from NZ First, it seems:

  • Royal Lifesaving New Zealand
  • Stillbirth
  • Newborn Death Support
  • Kidney Kids of New Zealand
  • Spinal Cord Society
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10 Responses to “Help the Autism Intervention Trust”

  1. Ryan Sproull (6,661 comments) says:

    Christ, what a mess. I know people who work in charity fields, including in fundraising, and it’s an uphill battle all the way. To be put in a position to turn down a donation that amounts to a whole year of roughly 30 people donating monthly is a horrible thing to happen to someone who probably feels passionately about their cause.

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  2. Don the Kiwi (1,341 comments) says:

    Why isn’t the IRD prosecuting Peters?
    If it was any other ordinary Kiwis, they’d have us in court in a heartbeat.
    Pricks!!!
    Protecting Heilen’s butt.

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  3. wreck1080 (3,533 comments) says:

    Speaking of charities, I see the new way to collect cash is to use non-charity organisations to collect on their behalf.

    I think my power company adds a few dollars each month on my bill, to give to charity.

    Recently, I notice motels/hotels collecting for charities.

    And, supermarkets / briscoes were collecting for charities .

    I wonder, are they doing this completely for beneficial purposes? Do they get tax breaks for money collected? Does 100% of the money go to the organisation?

    I think, the laws need tightening up on such behaviour. Anyone collecting for a charity should disclose the percentage that reaches charity, and beneficial interests. I prefer direct donations myself.

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  4. cha (3,541 comments) says:

    Speaking of charities, I see the new way to collect cash is to use non-charity organisations to collect on their behalf.

    Wow, tory charity, who’d a thunk.

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  5. Sushi Goblin (419 comments) says:

    While we find Peters’ sneaky behaviour appalling, and while we frown on how taxpayer money was not repaid, let’s not be misguided in our anger and focus on those charities that did accept money.

    Lord only knows some charities desperately need the funds. DPF shows the right way by promoting those charities that did say no to Peter’s stunt, rather than demonising those that found they couldn’t say no.

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  6. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    I don’t understand why these charities don’t accept Winston First’s donation.

    If it is a donation then it does not oblige them to vote for Winston, and their acceptance does nothing to change the fact that Winston still owes the taxpayer $158,000…

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  7. david (2,483 comments) says:

    Says more about you than the integrity of the charities Rat

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  8. mara (641 comments) says:

    How desperately cynical of that bastard Peters to offer the money to various causes that are obviously going to tug at NZers’ heart-strings. That $158000 should be extracted from Winston First in the way that teeth used to be extracted without gas. Then I suggest that provincial newspapers run a poll on who the public wish to donate this money to (if at all). How hard can that be to arrange? I am willing to donate a pair of pliers.

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  9. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Well – considering that if anyone ever did chase NZ First for the money they would find that not only was it uncollectable, but that actually NZ First has done nothing wrong at all – then all I can conclude is that these charities need a good swift kick in the arse and that they should get on and do what they claim to do and take money for the cause.

    Next well see thse dimwits saying that they wont take gambling money because that unethical or that it was taken from someone who shouldnt be gambling. High principles dont pay the bills. And high principles that are misdirected not only dont pay the bills, but persuade people to think that these places have sooooo much that they can say ‘No’.

    m sorry Autism Intervention Trust but you do seem to be a bit weak brained about this. And despite your good aims you wont be getting anything from me.

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  10. mara (641 comments) says:

    Er, Barry, I know that is topic is boring and we have moved on to juicier stuff like does Winnie have his own teeth and who had Sarah Palin’s baby, but please explain how it is that Winston First’s theft of $158,000 is not recoverable. Are there not enough civil servants to do the grunt work? Surely not.

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