14 Aug 2012

Criteria for Whanau Ora cash may change - Govt

8:21 pm on 14 August 2012

The Government says that criteria which allow organisations to apply for a Whanau Ora grant and receive taxpayer cash could be changed if a review finds some money's been misspent.

Four members of the 'We Against Violence' trust in Dunedin, who have links to the Mongrel Mob, have been charged with the misuse of $20,000 of government funding.

Te Puni Kokiri says it has contracts with the trust worth about $50,000.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says Te Puni Kokiri is paying more attention to how the Whanau Integration, Innovation and Engagement Fund is controlled. He confirmed on Monday that it is carrying out a review of the fund.

New Zealand First has long been critical of the initiative and says the review is long overdue.