Written By: - Date published: 12:10 am, June 16th, 2010 - 45 comments
Categories: accountability, budget 2010, parliamentary spending, pasifika - Tags: georgina te heuheu, Inga Tuigamala, michael jones, sam lotu-liga
Labour is on the edge of cracking the mystery surrounding the Pacific Economic Development Agency wide open, if it can ask the right questions. No-one has ever heard of PEDA before yet somehow it managed to get $4.8 million from Pacific Island Affairs Ministry in the Budget without a competitive tender. Prospective National candidates Michael Jones and Inga Tuigamala are implicated as is MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.
Pacific Island Affairs Minister Georgina Te Heuheu is acting extremely suspiciously, refusing to answer the most basic questions:
Details on PEDA are still very thin but it is increasingly looking like public money has been hijacked to help the political prospects of National’s Pacific Islanders. The service delivery aspect of the Pacific Island Affairs Ministry seems set to be turned over to this private organisation, allowing Lotu-Iiga, Jones, and Tuigamala to take the credit.
The lack of honest answers only deepens the suspicion that something very dodgy is afoot.