Interesting

November 7th, 2011 at 3:35 pm by David Farrar

announced:

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is pleased to announce the successful applicants to the Fresh Start Innovation Fund.

“Nine providers have received funding to make a real difference with young offenders, particularly with young Maori,” says Ms Bennett.

“As part of the Fresh Start policy for young offenders, the Innovation Fund supports new ideas or programmes that offer a different approach to working with at risk young people,” Ms Bennett says.

Providers in this round will receive a combined total of almost $402,700 funding, out of more than $3.3 million awarded to 43 providers to date. …

“My thanks to independent selection panel chair Katherine Rich and to who helped assessed the applications and recommended the successful programmes,” says Ms Bennett.

Good to see that Paula will involve someone who is a harsh critic of her policies, and is in fact standing against her. And also credit to Bradford for being constructively involved.

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11 Responses to “Interesting”

  1. Bed Rater (239 comments) says:

    Meanwhile, those outside the beltway ignore the mooshy mooshy congratulations for ‘working together’ and await some kind of something for the money invested.

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  2. tvb (4,418 comments) says:

    There is a very constructive side to Sue Bradford but she does love the street protest as if that achieves much.

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  3. kowtow (8,449 comments) says:

    I thought we had a bloated civil service to provide these sorts of things.

    Did Rich and Bradford get paid for their independant selecting?

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  4. tvb (4,418 comments) says:

    Incidentally the Labour Party NEVER appoints political opponents to anything. They think those slots are a reward for loyal party activists.

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  5. Jinky (185 comments) says:

    there are many other mp’s and political activists who are more intelligent and pragmatic in real life as opposed to the way they are portrayed in media or blogworld. Sue Bradford is one, Keith Locke another, John Banks, Winston, Michael Laws, Hone harawira but not his mum , she’s actually worse in the flesh!!

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  6. leftyliberal (651 comments) says:

    Who was appointed to run Kiwibank again tvb?

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  7. Richard29 (377 comments) says:

    I’m still struggling to like Paula Bennett after the whole debacle with those two women who had the temerity to question her cutting of the DPB study benefits in the media only to have her use her ministerial position to dig up the exact details how much benefit they were recieving and leak to the media to discredit them. It was a breach of the Privacy Act/OIA (I even tested this by applying under the OIA to know how much Paula Bennett got paid when she was on the benefit – the department refused to release it citing her privacy) and it was just plain bullying and using her position and the information it gave her access to as a means to intimidate people into not criticising her – and she never apologised. I’ve had an opinion of Paula as a nasty person ever since.

    Lianne Dalziel pulled a similarly nasty stunt a few years back to discredit that sri lankan refugee girl (she was also in breach of the refugee convention by releasing that info) at least she had the good sense to offer her resignation over the matter and Helen had the leadership sense to accept it.

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  8. KH (695 comments) says:

    I too wonder if Sue and Katherine were paid for this task. No criticism of them for that – they do need to earn a living. But if payment is made, was it neccessary ??

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  9. Kimble (4,438 comments) says:

    I’m still struggling to like Paula Bennett after the whole debacle with those two women who had the temerity to question her cutting of the DPB study benefits in the media…

    Oh, you mean those women who put themselves forward as the poor victims of PB’s nasty benefiticide? And whom the entire country considered full-of-shit once the actual details were released?

    You mean those two women who tried to use the media to spread a bullshit story to influence the government into abandoning a well-considered, good policy? Those poor dears who were actually getting a shit load of money from the tax payer already and were moaning about not getting another few thousand dollars?

    Are those the two you were talking about?

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  10. axeman (252 comments) says:

    ” …. to have her use her ministerial position to dig up the exact details how much benefit they were recieving and leak to the media to discredit them.

    Not how it happened 29thDick. Anyone with an internet connection could have found all of the information about how much those left wing lackeys were receiving.

    I guess Paula Bennett now thinks people like you are FULLER shit

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  11. annie (539 comments) says:

    I hope they’ve budgeted for regular audits. I’d hate to see this end up as another community funding scandal.

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