Anyone in your street got a brand new trailer recently?


Notice someone with a nice trailer that looks like that, except it’s probably been painted over by now?

The other day, a custom-built ‘Wash Against Waste’ trailer which is designed to wash reusable items at events – thereby negating the need for disposable rubbish – was stolen. Please share this article/photo as widely as possible, so that we may help them to get it back. If you have any information about it you can confidentially contact Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

I am particularly fond of this project as it creates a simple solution to what I believe has become a packaging crises – the insane trend of using so much unnecessary single-use plastic. This is particularly bad over the summer holidays when our consumption goes up 30 per cent.

The guy who wrote this, Sam Judd, has his heart in the right place but sadly he thinks that having things stolen isn’t due to lowlife feral scum, but because you and I have made people do it because they are just too poor. ? Read more »

Now, this is a good policy idea

Sometime the Poms get things right, not often, but sometimes they do.

Like this new idea to open up charities to their equivalent of the OIA.

Charities that administer millions of pounds of public funds will be subject to Freedom of Information laws in wake of Kids Company collapse, under plans being developed by ministers.

Ministers want to extend FOI powers to the charity sector to allow members of the public to keep track of the way government grants are being spent.

At present charities are exempted from FOI laws despite receiving tens of millions of pounds in grants from the Government.

There was controversy last summer when Kids Company, the high profile charity run by Camila Batmanghelidjh, collapsed despite being handed tens of millions of pounds grants over the past decade.

A report by the National Audit Office found that in all ?42 million was handed to the charity since 2001 ? far more than the ?30million previously thought – from at least six different Government departments.

Matthew Hancock, a Cabinet Office minister who is leading a review of FOI in Whitehall, is driving the changes to bring greater transparency to how public money is spent in the charitable sector. ? Read more »

French parliament: Let them eat cake [POLL]

France’s parliament has voted unanimously to ban food waste in big supermarkets, notably by outlawing the destruction of unsold food products.

Under the legislation passed on Thursday, as part of a broader law on energy and the environment,?supermarkets will be forced to donate any unsold but still edible food goods to charity or for use as animal feed or farming compost.

All large-sized supermarkets will have to sign contracts with a charity group to facilitate food donations.

“It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods,” Socialist member of parliament Guillaume Garot, who sponsored the bill, said.

At present, some grocery stores are pouring bleach in bins after throwing away food to make it unfit for consumption.

French people throw away between 20 to 30 kilos of food per person per year costing an estimated $13m to $22m annually, according to the AFP news agency.

The government is hoping to slice food waste in half by 2025. Read more »


Stand and Deliver! Highway robbery, and it’s not even illegal?

via NZ Herald

via NZ Herald

Charity collectors are using checkpoints to stop drivers on a popular holiday highway and asking for cash.

The collectors, wearing high-visibility vests and waving stop-go signs, have set up on Colville Rd between Port Jackson and the Coromandel township. Read more »

Do you hate chuggers?

The word chugger is a blend?of charity and mugger.

There’s a call for charities to stop putting people out on the street to collect money.

Wellington city councillor Iona Pannett says “chuggers” profit from a form of mild harassment.

She says there are ways of encourage fundraising without making people feel uncomfortable.

“I do just worry a bit when it’s about money, and the mechanism for accessing it when there is no consent implied.”

“There’s a bit of pressure that goes on to support the organisation, and it could be seen as a form of mild harassment even if it is done politely and with good intentions.” Read more »


Name suppression for a charity now


Check this out.

Ronald McDonald House chief executive Lesley Slieker said volunteer groups had complained at the beginning of the year that there was no tinned fruit for baking, so the charity was forced to go out and buy new supplies.

She was horrified when someone they knew was arrested and charged with the theft of $478.33 of groceries intended for the families. Read more »

Is the Bish taking the pish?

Churches, charities and societies are excellent devices for personal empire building, and in the New Zealand environment not filing your returns on time, accurately, or – to be frank – at all, has really had very little backlash.

If it wasn’t for our series by Owl, a few unions would still not be filing theirs.

Now it seems Brian Tamaki wants to obfuscate?the money trail rather than explain to the New Zealand public how much he got and what he’s doing with it.

Controversial Destiny Church has been issued overdue notices after 14 affiliated charities are late filing their annual returns.

The church’s tax-exempt status is under the microscope after the late filing. Previous returns from the charities totalled several million dollars.

Six Destiny-affiliated charities, which received a combined $5.5m in donations in the most recent returns, are more than a year overdue in filing statements with the public charities register.

During the same period, Bishop Brian Tamaki has repeatedly asked churchgoers to donate to pay for the church’s new multi-million-dollar City of God in Manukau.

When unveiling plans for Destiny’s City of God in 2012, Tamaki said: “I don’t care what the media say, I don’t care what your relatives say, I don’t care what the world says, nobody should be not tithing.”

An Internal Affairs spokeswoman said they were actively seeking overdue annual returns from a number of charities associated with the Destiny Church.

Charities could be deregistered if they “significantly and persistently” failed to comply with the Charities Act.

14 affiliated charities not filing returns is obviously the outcome of something deliberate. ?It’s not like one or two are tardy. ?Incorporated societies and charities have been taking the tax payer for a ride for… for ever. ? I for one welcome any moves to throw some sunlight on it. ? Read more »

The Warehouse chief executive Mark Powell is an idiot

via Stuff

via Stuff

I’m sorry, but this is just absurd:

Executive salaries are a contentious subject but The Warehouse Group boss Mark Powell wasn’t afraid to speak candidly about his pay packet with business journalists in Auckland last week.

During a discussion about the company’s “career retailer wage” programme, one reporter asked Powell ? who received $1.7 million in base and performance pay in the firm’s last financial year ? if shop floor staff ever asked about his salary when he visited stores.

“I would have no problem if they asked me,” Powell said. “It’s embarrassing how much I earn but it is what it is.” Read more »

The charity scam



The Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting spent a year investigating bad charities in the USA. ?And it is shameful

The worst charity in America operates from a metal warehouse behind a gas station in Holiday.

Every year, Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations in the name of dying children and their families.

Every year, it spends less than 3 cents on the dollar helping kids.

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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.