Are these “charities” using government money against the government?

Some very serious questions need to be asked.

I’ve been watching the snarling ECE teachers push young kids into the frontline in a ruthless PR stunt in which to attack the government with their left-wing bile, while grabbing the taxpayer dollar.

So I thought I’d have a look at the accounts of these kindy associations – which, astonishingly, are registered as charities – and which are pleading poverty and protesting alleged government “cuts” to ECE.

And goodness me, what a treasure trove.

Below is just a selection of the associations around the country – and they all have multiple millions in the bank, quietly earning lots of interest or invested in sweet accounts. No surprise really, when you consider each individual kindy gets around a third of a million every year from the govt.

As a taxpayer, I am contributing to the $1.4 billion that goes into this sector every year. So I would like to know why they say they need to ask parents for more money? And why should the govt be giving these kindys more money?

And more importantly, as charities they are supposed to be apolitical, yet the evidence clearly shows they are all closely involved with the NZEI anti-govt campaign and the Labour party

So is some of the taxpayer and parent money being used in the NZEI political campaign? Will journos around the country be asking their local association to explain? And why does this sector need an extra half a billion a year on top of the huge amounts of funding it already gets – something which Labour has promised?

Time for reporters to see past the pictures of the cute kids and reveal the ruthless motives of these cashed-up ECE centres, which want to rort the taxpayers and parents of even more money.

Auckland Kindergarten Association:

Current Assets
Cash and bank balance         $9,181,000
All other short term assets   $1,209,000

All Current Assets $10,390,000

Canterbury/Westland Kindergarten Association:

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances         $1,633,809
All other short term assets      $10,124,798

All Current Assets $11,758,607

Central North Island Kindergarten Association:

Current Assets
Cash and bank balance          $5,413,584
All other short term assets      $4,304,290

All Current Assets $9,717,874

Counties Manakau Kindergarten Association:

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances        $5,508,836
All other short term assets     $289,951

All Current Assets $5,798,787

Dunedin Kindergarten Association:

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances      $6,080,269

All Current Assets $6,080,269

Wellington Free Kindergarten Association:

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances     $418,000
All other short term assets   $936,000

All Current Assets $1,354,000

Now remember, this is just a selection of the many associations around the country. So next time you see these smart-arse ECE teachers on television or in the paper having a go because they want an extra half a billion of our money, just remember we are financing their campaign.

These people should be going the way of Greenpeace, and de-registered as charities immediately.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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