Govt funding for gang-run meth remedy programme cleared

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2021-09-02 11:58:59

The Auditor Basic has informed Nationwide Occasion MPs there was nothing unsuitable with two authorities funds made to gang members.

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Picture: RNZ/ Nick Monro

Nationwide Occasion chief Judith Collins requested the Auditor Basic if it was acceptable for the federal government to fund a marae-based meth rehabilitation programme, run by a Mongrel Mob member.

MP Simeon Brown additionally questioned if the chief human rights commissioner giving a koha at a hui organised by the Waikato Mongrel Mob was the correct factor to do.

Auditor basic John Ryan stated the funding resolution for the rehabilitation programme adopted the correct processes.

He stated the koha was per steering on expenditure.

In July, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern rejected criticism over $2.75 million in funding being allotted for the methamphetamine dependancy remedy programme.

The cash got here from Proceeds of Crime funding, which is seized from criminals.

She stated the programme was based mostly on one arrange underneath the then-2010 Nationwide authorities’s technique to deal with the meth drawback.

Nonetheless, Brown criticised it, saying it despatched all of the unsuitable indicators.

ACT Occasion justice spokesperson Nicole McKee stated it was unacceptable.

“We now have cash being seized from organised crime being channelled again into gangs. It’s mindboggling and disrespectful to victims of crime,” she stated on the time.

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