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Questions mount on PEDA

Written By: - Date published: 12:10 am, June 16th, 2010 - 45 comments
Categories: accountability, budget 2010, parliamentary spending, pasifika - Tags: , , ,

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.

45 comments on “Questions mount on PEDA”

  1. really 1

    How much $ has PEDA received?

  2. really 2

    How much actually paid to them YTD?

    Unusual.

    May have merit (if they can get some results in that part of the country) and it’s not completely political in intent or execution.

    • Marty G 2.1

      “How much actually paid to them YTD?”

      The Budget is for the 2010/11 fiscal year. It starts on July 1. Today is June 16. Therefore, it is impossible for any money to have been paid as yet.

      And I see what you’re suggesting, that PEDA won’t get the money… well, that would be illegal. The Government is not allowed to seek Parliament’s approval to spend money on a specific purpose (that’s what the Budget’s Votes are) and then spend it on something else.

      “and it’s not completely political in intent or execution.”

      anything to back that up with?

      • really 2.1.1

        it was a postulation: if the spending is not used with a political spin and it benefits the community in that part of the country (I assume Sth Auckland predominately) then it may be a good thing.

        • felix 2.1.1.2

          So you’re fine with the minister refusing to say who she’s giving the money to because it might be someone who’ll do something good with it?

          Not good enough, really.

          • ghostwhowalksnz 2.1.1.2.1

            Remember too they are based above an old shop in Onehunga. I imagine that will be changing very quick to a more expensive premises

            • pollywog 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Remember too they are based above an old shop in Onehunga. I imagine that will be changing very quick to a more expensive premises

              Well that’s still better than a couple of months ago when they were based in the home of the single shareholder/owner of the company.

              Much respect to Su’a William Sio, but its not a good look when he can’t frame the right questions to get the neccessary answers or when his senior colleagues have to bail him out with points of order and exhausting supplementary questions in playing semantic games with the speaker.

              Its still a better look than Georgina Te Heu Heu though. Time to put that ol’ mare out to pasture me thinks and elevate Peseta Sam ‘loves to linger’ Lotu -Iiga into the PI affairs hotseat so Carmel Sepuloni can tear him a new one. Is it me or does ‘loves to linger’ come across as nothing more than a head nodding sycophant ?

              Whatever… it seems like there was some serious brown nosing and now embarassing butt covering antics at play here.

              • Truth

                Well that’s still better than a couple of months ago when they were based in the home of the single shareholder/owner of the company

                They were never based in the home of a single shareholder. They’ve always had an office. The first one was in West Auckland.

    • May have merit (if they can get some results in that part of the country) and it’s not completely political in intent or execution.

      So partially political is ok? If only $2.4m is spent on the election chances of Jones and Tuigamala that is acceptable?

  3. All the new funding to Pacific Island Affairs is going to PEDA, the ministry itself is getting a cut.

    PEDA’s money accounts for about 15% of Pacific Island Affairs’ budget

  4. really 4

    Is there a systemic problem with PIA?

  5. really 5

    Surely it’s not an overtly ‘political’ decision as that would be too dumb (ha ha). I favour at this stage to believe that PIA has some issues about delivering services in an accountable fashion. However we shall see what falls out of the woodwork eh.

  6. tc 6

    Anything involving the snaky double dipping Lotu-Iiga (MP and akl city councillor salaries up till not so long ago) should be studied very carefully…..the hand of McCully also raises the eyebrow again.

    Just how these well off ex-AB’s can connect with the pacific people for the nats should be intruiging.

  7. Ron 7

    Interestingly I think that carrying the National flag will trump All-Black reputation. The PI voters of Auckland aren’t idiots.

    • f_t 7.1

      I hope so. It’s unsportsmanlike to use PI All Blacks to persuade poor Polynesian people to support a party that will invest less in them.

  8. this was always destined to blow-up and spray crap everywhere.

  9. felix 9

    As I remarked yesterday, the question was a follow-up to one in the last sitting of parliament. She knew it was coming.

    This means she’s had nearly two weeks to get her story straight and take advice, and the best she could come up with was “DON’T ANSWER’.

    She waxes desperate with imagination.

    Let’s follow. ‘Tis not fit thus to obey her.

    Have after. To what issue will this come?

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

    The 4th estate will direct it.

    Nay, let’s follow her.

  10. coolas 10

    Can’t wait to hear more from Georgina. Her language is comic genius.

    “our main brief is to be a conduit between private identities and Government and to leverage outcomes for Pacifica communities they (PEDA) were they ones who’ve been engaging with various ones of us since the job summit last year and because we discerned that in terms of that market place, the Pacific private sector, that this group appeared to be the ones most geared to help us deliver on certain economic objectives’

  11. really 11

    I see in todays papers that PEDA has been paid exactly ZERO so far.

    [lprent: I think that was pointed out to you in a reply earlier. You really should read the comment stream again.

    The budget change doesn’t apply until July 1st. The question is who exactly is it going to be dished out to, and what are they intending to do with it. The lack of information to date makes it look quite dodgy bearing in mind that it has been taken from existing programs and is going where ? ]

    • DeeDub 11.1

      Uh huh… and how much was ALLOCATED in the 2010/11 Budget?

      • really 11.1.1

        Obviously a vast conspiracy to try some different approaches to PI economic development in Sth Auckland.

        As a diversionary tactic I must mark this a D with possibility of gaining extra credit if any smoking guns are found however as NO MONEY has been spent that seems unlikely.

        • felix 11.1.1.1

          really,

          Georgina has been meeting with people from PEDA to discuss PI economic development in Sth Auckland.

          She announced in a press release that she had secured 4.8 million dollars for them.

          She has been asked to tell us who she met with at PEDA and for some reason has repeatedly refused to answer.

          I’d like to know who she’s been meeting with and I’d like to know the reason she wants to keep their identity secret.

          • pollywog 11.1.1.1.1

            so would most of the Pasifiakan community felix.

            However, they havent signed off on the contract because the Gov’t doesn’t know what they’re buying, how its going to be delivered and what benefit it will be to the commuity at large.

            The gov’t are essentially putting their trust/faith into 3 people, the PEDA directors, to deliver on programmes and intiatives they have no track record of delivering, that isn’t already being serviced by other groups in the community and which the community itself has no trust/faith in to deliver on.

            The thing is, if shes meeting PEDA representatives why not name the 2 directors, Ulufala Aiavao, the policy and programmes director, and the CEO single shareholder/owner of the Pacific Economic Development Agency Ltd Anthony Pereira who likes to be called JR (as in Ewing, from the ol’ Dallas TV series) ? They seem to be the only ones who can rep for the company and to whom Georgina or whoever can deal with any authority.

            I would imagine Te Heu Heu would still need somebody to facilitate the dialogue and hey, doesn’t Sam ‘loves to linger’ have an office just down the way, or theres also ‘smile and waves’ flankers on his Pasifikan public walkabouts, Michael Jones and Inga Tuigamala, i’m sure they’d be more than ready, willing and able to help her out too ?

            • felix 11.1.1.1.1.1

              It would be very worrying if a sitting govt MP was representing a private organisation in budget allocation negotiations with the Minister. Very worrying indeed.

              Question 9 today could be worth a look.

        • Bright Red 11.1.1.2

          this must be the dumbest line of argument ever.

          Of course no money has actually been spent yet when the Budget year has even begun.

          That in no way gets around the issue – public money being budgeted to an unknown, politically-connected organisation without due process, and a minsiter who won’t answer basic questions.

          • felix 11.1.1.2.1

            It’s also the exact line of dumb argument employed by Georgina in the house. Funny that.

    • Bright Red 11.2

      Really. Marty has already explained that to the thickos:

      “The Budget is for the 2010/11 fiscal year. It starts on July 1. Today is June 16. Therefore, it is impossible for any money to have been paid as yet.

      And I see what you’re suggesting, that PEDA won’t get the money well, that would be illegal. The Government is not allowed to seek Parliament’s approval to spend money on a specific purpose (that’s what the Budget’s Votes are) and then spend it on something else.”

      Goddam you’re dumb.

      captcha: confusions

      • really 11.2.1

        I was discussing this with Matry last last butthought it worth pointing out this morning that NO MONEY had been spent. Get it now?

        • felix 11.2.1.1

          Seeing as you’re just going to keep repeating that, despite being shown many times that it’s not relevant, I may as well just copy my reply from above.

          really,

          Georgina has been meeting with people from PEDA to discuss PI economic development in Sth Auckland.

          She announced in a press release that she had secured 4.8 million dollars for them.

          She has been asked to tell us who she met with at PEDA and for some reason has repeatedly refused to answer.

          I’d like to know who she’s been meeting with and I’d like to know the reason she wants to keep their identity secret.

        • Bright Red 11.2.1.2

          No, I don’t get your point.

          Are you saying that no money will ever be spent on PEDA?

          Or are you saying that because a bad thing is in the future it’s not worth worrying about (‘hey, slam on the brakes or you’ll hit that wall!’ ‘What are you on about? I haven’t hit it yet’)

        • JB 11.2.1.3

          The budget included tax cuts, however NO TAX CUTS have yet applied to my pay packet – ergo the government lied.

  12. Bunji 12

    Pacific Eye-Witness have been covering this well from the start, seeing what Sam Long-to-linger, PEDA Pereira and Te Heu Heu say on Samoan Radio.

    Even Jane Clifton thinks it’s dodgy.

    • insider 12.1

      Georgina was a hoot this morning. I wonder if she has something in for Bill English as she put him directly in the frame.

  13. …if i was Georgie I’d prolly be pulling a sickie today

  14. prism 14

    Gosh it is hard to follow the 11.1 thread of comment. It would help if commenters put ref that they are replying to as the numbers on their own aren’t enough to make it clear.

  15. Akldnut 15

    Just a quick note Marty G – I spoke to Inga last week and asked if he was going to be running for Nat and he absolutely dispelled it, said he had too much on his plate as it is.

  16. It seems, if the former Director and ‘brains’ behind PEDA LTD, Mose Saitala is to be believed, then Georgina Te heu Heu had little to do with the initial meetings and it was the big kahuna himself, Bill English negotiating and advising on PEDA’s proposal.

    Saitala says, in a live radio interview on Radio 531pi last month on Friday 28th May, …

    he spoke openly about the company’s meetings with Finance Minister Bill English. Saitala says he did not meet the Pacific Affairs Minister as part of these meetings. He says Pacific EDA gave their proposal directly to Finance Minister who viewed it and offered advice on it.

    http://pacificeyewitness.com/2010/06/17/former-director-says-finance-minister-bill-english-met-with-pacificeda-peda-ltd/

    and as for the, short on specifics …

    six-page proposal by the agency to the Minister of Finance, which contains only a few paragraphs about each of five projects and no detailed budget.

    which Radio NZ now has a copy of…

    http://pacificeyewitness.com/2010/06/17/radio-new-zealand-obtains-six-page-peda-proposal-securing-4-8-million/

    hmmm…perhaps Bill could advise me on how to secure taxpayer funds for my ‘Pasifikan’ company ? I’m not a greedy man so i’d probably settle for maybe just a couple of mil 🙂 I mean, since the gov’t is in the business of disregarding Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs advise in…

    awarding the contract to the Pacific Economic Development Agency as a significant risk because it has an unproven record.

    …then any business track record i might have is irrelevant also ?

    I guess the focus now should be whether Su’a William Sio switches to asking Bill English a few choice questions ?

    I do hope someone is using the official information act to good use on this issue.

  17. Truth 17

    six-page proposal by the agency to the Minister of Finance, which contains only a few paragraphs about each of five projects and no detailed budget

    The proposal is actually 43 pages long.

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  • New Zealand and Singapore reaffirm ties
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have marked the first anniversary of the New Zealand-Singapore Enhanced Partnership with a virtual Leaders’ Meeting today. The Enhanced Partnership, signed on 17 May 2019, provides the framework for cooperation across the four main areas of trade, defence and ...
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  • JOINT STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTERS OF NEW ZEALAND AND THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE ON THE FIRST AN...
    On 17 May 2019, New Zealand and Singapore established an Enhanced Partnership to elevate our relations. The Enhanced Partnership – based on the four pillars of trade and economics, security and defence, science, technology and innovation, and people-to-people links – has seen the long-standing relationship between our countries strengthen over the ...
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  • Government investment supports the acquisition of new Interislander ferries
    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters has welcomed KiwiRail’s announcement that it is seeking a preferred shipyard to build two new rail-enabled ferries for the Cook Strait crossing. “This Government is committed to restoring rail to its rightful place in New Zealand. Bigger, better ships, with new technology are yet another ...
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  • Better protection for seabirds
    Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.   The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 outlines our commitment to reduce fishing-related captures and associated seabird ...
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  • Milestone in cash flow support to SMEs
    Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses More than 55,000 businesses have applied; 95% approved Average loan approx. $17,300 90% of applications from firms with ten or fewer staff A wide cross-section of businesses have applied, the most common are the construction industry, accommodation providers, professional firms, and ...
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  • Government protects kids as smoking in cars ban becomes law
    Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. This comes after the third reading of Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill earlier today. “This law makes it ...
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  • Parliament returns to a safe normal
    The special Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) has successfully concluded its role, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said today. The committee was set up on 25 March by the agreement of Parliament to scrutinise the Government and its actions while keeping people safe during levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. ...
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  • Foreign Minister makes four diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “The ...
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  • New Bill to counter violent extremism online
    New Zealanders will be better protected from online harm through a Bill introduced to Parliament today, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. “The internet brings many benefits to society but can also be used as a weapon to spread harmful and illegal content and that is what this legislation targets,” ...
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  • Mycoplasma bovis eradication reaches two year milestone in good shape
    New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit ...
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  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
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  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
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