Hot on the heels of Friday’s blog questioning whether ratepayers money will be used by Chair of Waiheke High School Board of Trustees, John Stansfield, for lobbying, he’s in the news again. NZ Herald adds to speculation that the Problem Gambling Foundation was being run as a political lobby group rather than councelling service for gambling addicts.
Enemies roll dice against gambling foe
Nobody knows better than Waiheke about how the antagonistic appoach has been brought to island politics by the Stansfield/Roche partnership.
John Stansfield recalls a time, during his term at PGF from 2003 to 2008, when the ministry tried to stop PGF's work in prisons because its gambling work there cost more than the amount being spent on alcohol and drug addictions.
This reeks of job creation for the Foundation rather than addressing a real problem.
He refused to sign the contract and held out for four months with no pay until the ministry agreed to let the agency keep working in prisons.
What a martyr! No serious consideration about what is best for the inmates or the taxpayer. And no doubt worth it financially for Stansfield in the end as the salary was considerable.
Eighteen months ago, Northey says, the ministry complained about PGF's "pokie-free venue" campaign on the basis that "it's not the Government's policy that NZ be free of pokie machines".
This sounds like the PGF using government (ie. taxpayers’ money) to lobby for other organisations against the government. Talk about running amok.
Successful bidders were due to be notified on November 4, with new contracts to start from January, but instead contracts were rolled over to June 30 and the ministry commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to review its proposed decisions.
Highly political again. That’s classic Green Party tactics. Hold things up and waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayer funds by asking for a ‘judicial review’. We see it all the time on Waiheke where wasting ratepayer dollars has been made into an art form.
Stansfield, who has started the Save Problem Gambling Foundation petition, says there is "no natural justice" in axing PGF's funding for political reasons without giving it a chance to explain.
And what would Stansfield know of ‘natural justice’? When his partner, hard left Green Party list MP Denise Roche, was Councillor for the Hauraki Gulf Islands, she thought it was OK to be both judge and jury on behalf of the Clean Stream Trust then touting for Council’s contract for waste management on Waiheke, until she was advised otherwise. Its rumoured Stansfield was drawing a salary of $120k plus, for his part in the Trust that ran the facility prior to the contract being awarded to Trans Pacific Industries.