Did anyone else think the figure of $416m the courts say the BNZ owes in tax sounded familiar?
It is around the amount that Labour had committed to “Pathways to Partnership” funding from 2009 to 2012 - the process by which community organsiations were to be fully-funded for essential services they provide to vulnerable families for the Government.
Labour had delivered the first round of this funding in 2008, but the National Government has shelved this commitment and now those community organisations are working under increasing pressure with these families in an economic recession without the pathways to partnership funding.
Instead, they are having to compete against each other for the “Community Response Fund” where the criteria is so difficult to meet that many organisations in Hamilton tell me that they won’t qualify.
Here is my question: If the BNZ has to pay back this tax money to the Government, will the Nats commit to pathways to partnership to support vulnerable families or will they find more inventive ways to give it away to the top 3% of earners (like they did with the April 1 tax cuts) or will they find private schools more deserving?
What do you think?