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  • Christopher Dempsey,

    If I could slip in between the pearl barley recipes and chicken soup for the soul tips could I just say:

    Old. Boys. Network. Crony. Capitalism.

    Indeed a fine example of this network, but it's the scale that's interesting; when did Nactional start going from Pipi Foundation scale to this?

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 659 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    Janelle Monáe's performance on Letterman the other night is good for what ails ya.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Knowledge Bro,

    Company PACIFIC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY LIMITED
    Incorporated 21-NOV-2007
    Current Status REGISTERED

    Address for Service
    Shop 3, 2 Pearce Street, Onehunga,
    Auckland,
    New Zealand

    Directors

    AIAVAO, Ulafala 01-FEB-2010
    440 Hillsborough Road, Lynfield, Auckland
    SAITALA, Mose 21-NOV-2007
    93 Lincoln Road, Henderson, Waitakere 0610

    Share Parcels

    Total Number of shares 10,000

    Number of Shares 10,000
    Shareholder(s) PEREIRA, Anthony Joseph Moli 28 Seacliffe Road, Hillsborough, Auckland
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Company PACIFIC ECONOMIC INVESTMENT GROUP LIMITED


    Incorporated 15-NOV-2007

    Current Status REGISTERED

    Address for Service
    93 Lincoln Road
    Henderson
    Auckland

    Directors

    PEREIRA, Anthony Joseph Moli 15-NOV-2007
    93 Lincoln Road, Henderson, Auckland
    SAITALA, Mose 15-NOV-2007
    93 Lincoln Road, Henderson, Auckland

    Share Parcels

    Total Number of shares 300

    Number of Shares 100
    Shareholder(s) PEREIRA, Anthony Joseph Moli 93 Lincoln Road, Henderson, Auckland

    Number of Shares 100
    Shareholder(s) SAITALA, Mose 93 Lincoln Road, Henderson, Auckland

    Number of Shares 100
    Shareholder(s) TALOPAU, Alesana 4 Landow Place, Henderson, Auckland

    Behind the fridge • Since Mar 2009 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Janelle Monáe's performance on Letterman the other night is good for what ails ya.

    That was hot; very James Brown.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Old. Boys. Network. Crony. Capitalism.

    Thinking about the ECan scandal as well, I think it's about time another C-word came out of mothballs too: corruption.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey,

    Agreed Stephen. Corruption. Apropos of much seen.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 659 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    First Janelle Monae I saw blew my socks off - and boy she can move. Don't know about ripping off those classy Thin Lizzy ads though..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    So, three guys get $4.8 million for what exactly?
    They claim to be able to do a lot
    The EDANZ(Economic Development Agencies of Zealand) don't list Pacific Economic Development Agency (Limited) as a member.
    Is this overseas development money? If so why is it not going to a Government agency?
    What's the deal with the same guys being involved in an investment company that seems to be invisible on the web?
    Since when has a private company been part of the Governments Budget?.
    All these questions and more.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    They claim to be able to do a lot

    Got nothing on these guys - not that they're getting big bucks in te Budget, I'd hasten to add

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Mose Saitala is director of the Commonwealth Pacific Governance Facility, a Commwealth Secretariat initiative launched in the Solomons last month to do, um, something. It's not entirely clear.

    He's ex-UNDP, so clearly has experience, but quite what he's doing also taking NZ government funding as director of a private company in New Zealand I'm not sure.

    It does look like a conscious attempt to shift influence in the sector.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    It does look like a conscious attempt to shift influence in the sector.

    Not by controlling the Media, surely?

    Threatening dark clouds loom over the future of the region’s main media body, the Pacific Islands News Asociation (PINA)....

    As a way to grow its revenue base, the consultants are suggesting that PINA develops and implements donor-funded capacity building projects that address the needs of its members.
    It should also consider tapping into European Union funding for civil society organisations, and that the PINA Secretariat employs stringent cost-monitoring accounting practices.
    “The level of expenditure would normally be determined against future revenues the organisation is expected to raise in the next financial year,” said the Aaivao and Saitala report.

    Aaivao and Saitala may well be upright individuals with nothing but the best intentions but what is this doing in the Budget? I think it needs explaining at least.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    "There are pockets of communities in severe hardships. It will also stifle economic growth ... if nothing is done with this sector of the population. so we're trying to lift that."

    Is this just the usual bad editing, or are they quoting verbatim, to show they're 'down with it?' Way down.

    And yes, I appreciate the irony of me commenting on editing, but then I'm not employed by a newspaper.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    From the Herald link:

    He likened Peda to Government social services policy Whanau Ora, but for Pacific communities and with a focus on helping Pacific businesses.

    He said the agency had worked with former All Blacks and staunch National Party supporters Inga Tuigamala and Michael Jones, but only in the relief work following the tsunami in Samoa last year.

    Mr Tuigamala said last night that he and Mr Jones were not involved with the agency, nor did they have any hand in the granting of government money. "It has nothing to do with us."

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    MP Carmel Sepuloni investigates PEDA.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3225 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    More and More indications of something being rotten in the deal.
    Why do I suspect a National Party Election rort here? Are they gearing up for a taxpayer funded stab at the Pacific Island vote that has, traditionally, gone to Labour?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    More and More indications of something being rotten in the deal.

    Though not a peep here for a week (only "questions asked" on the 25th).


    Likewise, no sign there of what should be the biggest story of the day, namely that the banking ombudsman has found that ANZ told large investors to get out of the collapsing ING fund, while telling small investors that it was all good.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Likewise, no sign there of what should be the biggest story of the day, namely that the banking ombudsman has found that ANZ told large investors to get out of the collapsing ING fund, while telling small investors that it was all good.

    Sunday Star Times 30 May 2010

    Still, why isn't it a bigger story? Too scared of losing ad revenue?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5439 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    Likewise, no sign there of what should be the biggest story of the day, namely that the banking ombudsman has found that ANZ told large investors to get out of the collapsing ING fund, while telling small investors that it was all good.

    Hmm, shades of the Lloyd's name 'recruit to dilute' scandal there.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    why isn't it a bigger story?

    publisher and sources too scared of deep-pocketed retribution?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

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