Nice job – getting paid to hand out money!

March 31st, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Former radio show partners Willie Jackson and John Tamihere were knocked back in a bid to handle distribution of $14 million of taxpayer funding for health and social services because they wanted too much money in overheads.

The pair put the total cost of distributing the Whanau Ora funding in the North Island at $21 million.

They wanted $21 million to hand out money? I’ll do it for half of that!

The document said the proposal was based on getting $21 million.

Of this, $1.7 million was to be spent on staff, $3.3 million on operating costs and more on governance.

Not quite it seems. They said it would cost $5 million to distribute the remaining $15 million or so. That sounds grossly inefficient.

TPK said the contract bid should be reduced from the $5 million in costs sought to $2.3 million at most.

It asked the authority to reduce its estimated $2 million cost to set up the distribution scheme.

I’d say the cost of distribution should be around 5% of the amount being distributed – at most!

 

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24 Responses to “Nice job – getting paid to hand out money!”

  1. UglyTruth (4,552 comments) says:

    How easy it is to spend other people’s money.

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  2. redqueen (583 comments) says:

    But, DPF, 5% would only pay for a few staff, maybe a single manager (or two!), an office, and transport. That isn’t sufficient, surely? I’m sure there’s some gravy missing from your equation…

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  3. Manolo (14,070 comments) says:

    Willie Jackson, racist left-winger and eternal defender of the poor. A bloody crude joke he is!

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  4. KiwiGreg (3,259 comments) says:

    As with most government programs, the question shouldn’t be “How can you do this more efficiently?”, it should be “why are we doing this at all?”

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  5. Dave_1924 (121 comments) says:

    Trough, Snout, engage…. and anyone who criticises them will be called Red Necks…. I could see an admin team of 5 including one manager plus a computer system to work flow manage applications and distributions [an off the shelf CRM should do though maybe Te Puni Korir have a system in place already], office and cash for transport, disbursements, desks etc. Wouldn’t think a start up budget of around 850-900K wouldn’t cover it then 450k p.a. after that…

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  6. wreck1080 (3,970 comments) says:

    I used to respect John Tamahere but he is just a money grubbing snake oil salesman.

    His involvement in auck council is also disgraceful.He is dipping his fingers into many pies.

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  7. OTGO (563 comments) says:

    Why not just forget the middlemen Jackson and Tamihere and hand out vouchers with the benefit?

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  8. backster (2,185 comments) says:

    Well what needs to be taken into consideration is loans to management staff, koha for outstanding work, wedding and tangi expenses, still I think me and my mate Tuku and our rellies could put in a competitive bid.

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  9. mara (795 comments) says:

    Throwing more money at racist troughers … what could go wrong?

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  10. OneTrack (3,233 comments) says:

    I don’t get why tpk wouldn’t do this themselves with existing staff..?

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  11. dime (10,125 comments) says:

    Jackson really is a piece of garbage.

    Forever having a crack at the likes of me. All the while doing whatever he can do get some of that tasty govt cash.

    Bet his tax bill is bugga all too. Scum.

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  12. Colville (2,300 comments) says:

    Even 5% would be a stretch. 4 staff @ $150K down to $60K, lease an office and a car, phones and net you would do it for $500K easy if you had to.

    But this is not about ecconomy or sensible spending, this is about brown snouts in a gold plated trough. Beemers , silk undies and world “education” trips and conferences.

    A fucking sick joke on us taxpayers paying the bills.

    Edit.
    I suppose you do need to budget a quater $mil for KPMG to audit them each year to hopefully stop them stealing too much!

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  13. peterwn (3,309 comments) says:

    Well there are some people in Auckland who get free tickets to the orchestra and opera for dishing out ratepayers’ money to them. Rates strike anyone (if the Local Government (Rating) Act was not so draconian).

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  14. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    A nothing story from Fisher. They missed out but no they didn’t. He has a real hard on for Tamihere. Not getting the fatty German sausage anymore and fancies some pork bone and puha.
    A career in tatters

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  15. big bruv (14,160 comments) says:

    I can’t wait to hear that moron Jackson defend himself on air this afternoon.

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  16. Viking2 (11,571 comments) says:

    Well why do you blame them for trying???

    If the socialists who made the rules allowing distribution of taxpayers money had denied the opportunity for that distribution the no one would be ripping of the taxpayer.

    Who made the rules??
    Well the current Government and its bent partners in the crime of socialism, the Maori Party and United Future.

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  17. RRM (10,026 comments) says:

    Maori ™ troughing and rorting at its finest.

    Just pay up white mother fuckers. You know you owe it.

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  18. peterwn (3,309 comments) says:

    “Who made the rules??
    Well the current Government and its bent partners in the crime of socialism, the Maori Party and United Future.”
    This is an unfortunate consequence of MMP.

    If the other crowd gets in …. ! There is this left wing economist who said that if NZ’s wealth is re-distributed there would be enough for all. So presumably there will be lots of money to give away – so much so that those who give it away can really clip the ticket on it – hence the new inequality!

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  19. burt (8,321 comments) says:

    The sense of entitlement to other peoples money runs deep in this country !

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  20. Richard Hurst (873 comments) says:

    Clearly Whanau Ora funding should be increased in order to met the distribution costs. This in turn means the total funds being managed will have increased which means additional funding will be needed to met further distribution costs which means the total funds being managed will have increased which means… oh forget it- just give Willie and John a million dollars each and a million for their various hangers on and relatives and cancel the rest of the scheme. Its cheaper and you know it will produce the same results anyway.

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  21. Zebulon (124 comments) says:

    Someone should closely examine any other financial dealings these two are involved in

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  22. Odakyu-sen (752 comments) says:

    Colville noted: “But this is not about ecconomy or sensible spending, this is about brown snouts in a gold plated trough. Beemers , silk undies and world “education” trips and conferences.
    A fucking sick joke on us taxpayers paying the bills.”

    Machiavelli would approve of the neutralization of Maori leaders by giving them money. Not only does it keep them in line; it also encourages them to suppress any emerging leaders lest it disrupt their inflow of cash.

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  23. earlyfknsettler (10 comments) says:

    Typical greedy racist IWI. No doubt most of it was to be a “koha” to themselves for doing such a good job giving money to their mates. This crap has got to stop. Won’t someone campaign on reducing the legalised apartheid that is taking over NZ society, education and economy. Put an end to separatism on the sports field, in the classroom (appreciate ALL cultures that make up our country – not just Maori), and in the economy – no more tax breaks for IWI his and that. This course of action is ruining our country. No-one is brave enough to make a stand?

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  24. deadrightkev (532 comments) says:

    This has to be the hypocrisy post of the year David Farrar.

    You single out these two racist troughers for gauging the taxpayer but overlook that your own National party man Chris Finlayson is doing a handsome job on behalf of them and other separatists in New Zealand doling out taxpayers funds by the hundreds of millions for template creation treaty claims.

    Spectacular hypocrisy David, absolutely spectacular.

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