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Financial Literacy 101 - A Crash Course:




I stood for Council (and the mayoralty last time because I could not believe my eyes when I read the Audit Office report on the Carterton District Council.  It confirmed my long held assertion that certain Councillors and staff of the Council are incompetent and corrupt, as well as the local Police.

The lack of good leadership is a major cause of the social problems in the Wairarapa, and the attitude of the police in ignoring and condoning crime such as this by our so called community leaders, is one of the major causes of the problems with crime, suicide, child abuse, methamphetamine and other hard drug use, etc.

I was amazed that I was the only one of the candidates who even seemed to notice this report, not one of the other candidates even referred to it.  There's a global financial crisis, and not one of the other candidates thought there was anything wrong with the following report from the Office of the Auditor General, or appeared to even be aware of it.  McPhee was going for his third term - he'd had plenty of time to get the hang of things by now!

This is as bad as it gets, I couldn't make up anything worse than this because there is nothing worse - this is absolutely disgraceful.  A commissioner should have been appointed to take charge of the Carterton District Council and investigate these matters long ago.

Here's a quick link to Michael Appleby's submission to the Police Complaints Authority - who are anything but independent!  The highlights from the Audit report are quoted from paragraph number 92:


92. The latest Long Term Council Community Plan of the Carterton District Council, including the Financial Reports, and current financial projections regarding the current budget for the immediate future has been assessed by the Council’s Auditors as “unsatisfactory”, which would appear to confirm that Mrs Raue’s concerns (concerns which are also shared by the signatories of a relatively substantial petition) are valid.
93. Laurie Desborough of Audit New Zealand, on behalf of the Auditor General, Palmerston North, has determined in his Draft Report on the Carterton District Council’s Long Term Council Community Plan 2006-2016, incorporating the 2006/2007 Annual Plan, Volume 1 Finance and Strategy (‘the Plan’), on page 157 that “In our opinion, the Statement of Proposal for adoption of the LTCCP of the District Council, incorporating Volumes 1 to 2 dated 19 July 2006, does not provide a reasonable basis for long term integrated decision-making by the District Council and for participation in decision –making by the public and subsequent accountability to the community about the matters listed below: - “There is inadequate underlying information to support the forecast information included in the statement of Proposal. As a result, the forecasts of capital expenditure and operating expenditure, including the estimates of depreciation, could be materially misstated across all of the District Council’s activities. Also, because the forecast expenditure is not supported by adequate asset management plans, the District Council has been unable to demonstrate that the forecast expenditure will deliver the proposed levels of service across all the District Council’s activities. As a result, the information in the prospective financial statements is not supportable, and has not been based on the best information reasonably expected to be available to the District Council at the time of preparing the Statement of Proposal. This is also a departure from Financial Reporting Standard No. 42 (FRS-42): Prospective Financial Statements.
94. As well, on page 158 of the Plan, the Auditor General found that: “The District Council has not identified and adequately explained the sources of funds for its activities’ capital expenditure. The District Council does not operate separate activity level reserves, and some capital expenditure is funded from a general reserve, which is funded from various activities. This may result in surplus targeted rates in some activities being used to fund capital expenditure in other activities. “Based on the above, the District Council has been unable to demonstrate, as required by Section 101 of the Act, that it is managing its revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities, investments and general financial dealings prudently and in a manner that promotes the current and future interests of the community.
95. As well, on page 158, the officer of the Auditor General found that: “The District Council has not complied with the requirements of the Act, and has not demonstrated good practice for a Council of its size and scale within the context of the environment in respect of the following: As explained above, the District Council has been unable to demonstrate, as required by Section 101 of the Act, that it is managing its revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities, investments and general financial dealings prudently and in a manner that promotes the current and future interests of the community.” “The underlying information used to prepare the Statement of Proposal is inadequate and does not provide a reasonable basis for the preparation of the forecast information, as explained above.
96. Furthermore, page 159 of the Plan shows that the Auditor General found that: “The financial information is not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice in New Zealand, in that: As explained above the information in the prospective financial statements is not supportable, and has not been based on the best information reasonably expected to be available to the District Council at the time of preparing the Statement of Proposal. This is a departure from FRS-42. As explained above, the forecast expenditure is not supported by adequate underlying information, and the District Council has been unable to demonstrate that the forecast expenditure will deliver the proposed levels of service. Consequently the extent to which the forecast information and proposed performance measures provide an appropriate framework for the meaningful assessment of the actual levels of service provision does not reflect good practice for a Council of its size and scale within the context of its environment.
97. As well, the Auditor General found that: “the scope of our work was limited as we were unable to obtain sufficient information about the underlying information to support the forecast information included in the Statement of Proposal.”
98. Mrs Raue’s concerns about the viability of the proposed $4,000,000 community facility appear to be well founded. According to the Auditor General, the standard of performance of the Carterton District Council’s financial affairs is extremely poor; in fact, they appear to be in a very sorry state indeed.
99. Pages 11 and 12 of the Council’s LTCCP refer to the Council’s commitment to the proposal.
100. On page 12 of the LTCCP, the Council (who also, coincidentally, mainly comprise the members of the ‘Focus Group’ behind the $4,000,000 proposal) “seeks your views on contributing $1 million to this project.
101. The second paragraph on page 12 of the LTCCP states that: “Should the community support the concept,” the Council would agree to make a commitment of one million dollars towards the cost of this ‘facility’, and goes on to state: “Council seeks the views of the community as to whether you believe that this investment is important for the future of our district.”
102. Also referred to on page 12 of the LTCCP is the Council’s alleged commitment to the consultation process, although the events at the public meeting which led to Mrs Raue’s unlawful detention make a mockery of this document, and of the Council’s commitment to the consultation process.
103. The actions of the local Police in trying to shut Mrs Raue up, and to silence her questioning of the need for an expensive white elephant in the community is an intolerable intrusion into Mrs Raue’s political rights to involve herself into the debate by the local community as to the wisdom or otherwise of this community facility.
104. The behaviour of the Masterton Police towards Mrs Raue, and their numerous and serious breaches of her human rights, guaranteed under the NZ Bill of Rights Act, deserve the most serious investigation by the Police Complaints Authority, and consideration given to awarding her financial compensation for each and every one of these breaches.
105. As well, she is entitled to recompense for the legal fees she has incurred as a consequence of the blatant and cavalier disregard of these rights
106. The harassment of Mrs Raue was continued by the Masterton Police when they also charged her with disorderly behaviour for her alleged conduct in the local library, when she was attempting to obtain material relevant to the $4,000,000 proposal, from the Library, which was advertised as the contact point for material about the proposed facility.
107. Judge Goddard, on appeal, acquitted Mrs Raue of that charge and indicated that her behaviour certainly did not require the intervention of the criminal law.
108. But the Masterton Police, in laying the charge, and its pursuit of Mrs Raue, have resulted in Mrs Raue’s incurring further legal fees of $5,000 in defending the charge in the first instance, and then on the successful appeal to the High Court (which did not allow costs for the successful appeal).
109. The participation in the democratic process by civic-minded citizens such as Mrs Raue is to be applauded. Without the fearless questioning of local body officials by such citizens, who are prepared to stand up and be counted, the days of vigorous and healthy political debates would be numbered.
110. The bullying and intimidatory tactics of the Masterton Police that night were a disgrace to the New Zealand Police Force as a whole.
111. When Mrs Raue uttered her cri-de-coeur for help to Mr Rodney Hide, he expressed his concern that her upcoming trial was a serious constitutional matter, that it raised fundamental human rights issues, such as freedom of speech, in a so-called democratic society. He was right. Mr Daniels also expressed his concern to the Masterton Police about their insistence on continuing with these (politically motivated) charges.
112. It was fortunate for Mrs Raue that Judge Behrens Q.C. took an equally vigorous approach in his Judgments, upholding Mrs Raue’s human rights, and, dismissing all of the five charges laid against her, at the close of the cases for the Prosecution, the evidence presented by them, as they admitted, being “tenuous”.
113. Mrs Raue and I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
Yours faithfully,

Michael Appleby

Here's what lawyer Ken Daniels had to say about it:
From: Ken Daniels, Lawyer, Chapel St, Masterton

To: The Area Commander, New Zealand Police, P O Box 443, Masterton

26 August 2004 

Dear Sir

Re: Katherine Raue
There have been numerous items of correspondence written between Kate Raue and yourself and correspondence with the Police Complaints Authority over a number of issues that she has raised in recent times. 

I must confess that I have not given what I believe was sufficient attention to some of the matters that Kate Raue had raised with me in the past mainly I suspect because the matters appeared to be far too complex and involved and I tended not to see any relevance in some of the complaints that she was making. 

On a recent visit to me however and after spending some time looking at documentary evidence that she showed me, I largely changed my view and believe that there genuinely are matters of concern that do need to be investigated. 

I have not got to the bottom of all the matters Kate Raue complains about but there is one instance that does seem to suggest that there has been fraud at the Carterton Community Centre which has diverted funds designed for one purpose deliberately to another. 

I enclose with this letter a copy of the accounts which appear to represent income and expenditure from the Carterton Community Centre for the financial year 01 April 2000 to 31 March 2001 as they related to the Community Gardens. You will notice how in the income received, there was a sum of $9,000 received from the Tindall Foundation. It is assumed that this money was received following an application for a grant from that Charitable Foundation. The monies would have been requested and received for purposes relating to the Community Gardens in Carterton. The sum of $9,000 was received in April of 2000. 

The following month in May there was a payment of $6,000.00 paid from the Community Gardens account for a personal grievance payment. The information that apparently exists although I have not personally seen it is that there were insufficient funds to pay a personal grievance from the Community Gardens and the funding that was obtained from the Tindall Foundation was immediately paid out as at least part payment on that personal grievance. The payment apparently could not be made at an earlier stage and the fundng received from Tindall Foundation was a necessary receipt to enable the payment to be made to settle the personal grievance. 

If the above set of circumstances is accurate then there is no doubt whatsoever that there was a fraudulent use of the monies received from the Tindall Foundation. There had been no budgeted allowance made for personal grievances. This can be seen from the budget column in the expenditure part of the accounts where an amount of only $220 was allowed for the twelve months involved. A payment of $6000 was needed and this was paid directly from the charitable donation. 

I believe that the affairs of the Carterton Community Centre are in disarray. There is currently an application before the High Court to have them wound up because of insufficient numbers. There are numerous other complaints as well about the way in which members of the public including members were excluded from meetings etc. This letter does not purport to address all those issues but I am deeply concerned after having seen the information supplied to me by Kate Raue that monies received for one purpose be used for an incorrect purpose. 

I have been advised that a similar improper payment may have been made in respect of the account that was run for the disadvantaged members of the community. This apparently exists under the copy of the account also enclosed which is headed up VOSP 2000 – 2001. You will see also that there is a “miscellaneous” payment of $1,000.00 made in September of 2000 following receipt of a substantial amount fromWINZ funding. It is understood that this also was a payment to an individual who claimed to have a personal grievance. 
I am not an accountant (as will be obvious) but I believe there are sufficient genuine concerns raised here to warrant some investigation. These are community funds which were largely received from charitable donations which appear to have been siphoned off improperly.


I should add that according to Kate Raue there was possibly legal advice given to the people running the Carterton Community Centre that they should not make personal greivance payments in the way that they did. This is another matter that may need to be looked into because it would make the payments even less appropriate if they were done contrary to legal advice. 

I appreciate the fact that earlier complaints may have been thought to be ill-founded or frivolous or for whatever reason were not properly investigated but I believe that there actually does exist hard evidence to suggest that a reopening of the investigation should be made with urgency. As I have said the Community Centre and its funds are currently subject to a High Court Application. 

If it is more convenient for you to do so I would be happy to act as a go-between between yourselves and Kate Raue so that I can request further details from her.

Are you able to assist with what I believe is now a genuine complaint?
Yours faithfully
Ken Daniels


Then, in May 2008, the following article was published in the Wairarapa Times-Age:


CUISINE SCHOOL DEBACLE:

FURTHER EVIDENCE OF LOCAL MAYORS, MP'S
GROSS INCOMPETENCE

Wairarapa MP John Hayes and the region’s three mayors are bleating about $570,000 the councils have "invested" in not bringing a cuisine school to Wairarapa.

UCOL announced on Monday they were moving the planned Le Cordon Bleu cuisine school from Martinborough to Wellington.
The decision comes despite the school being born out of a marketing project known as Wairarapa Cuisine and Fine Wine – managed by the former Go Wairarapa and contributed to by the district councils, along with close to two million dollars from Trade and Enterprise regional development fund.

“It’s all very well for UCOL to toddle off into the sunset.”

South Wairarapa paid $150,000, Carterton $125,000 and Masterton $300,000 over three years – 
although the final $100,000 paid by Masterton last year was used to settle Go Wairarapa’s debts. “It’s all very well for UCOL to toddle off into the sunset,” Mr Hayes said, “but they need to pay back the money invested by councils and reimburse Wairarapa for the time and energy people freely gave putting together a syllabus that was going to be unique in the world to Martinborough.”
I doubt very much that "people gave freely", I bet they were paid handsomely for thinking up these nebulous, airy fairy "plans"!
 Mr Hayes said the $2,000,000 regional development money also belongs in Wairarapa, not Wellington. Blah blah, ho hum from John Haze (very hazy what he actually does except pontificate impotently).

“What we should be doing now is saying “we want our money back here so we can have our own regional initiative.” 
(Isn't it pathetic?)

Wairarapa Cuisine and Fine Wine was an MRI – Major Regional Initiative – started by Go Wairarapa and since transferred to Grow Wellington, as the Government has now changed its regional policy to fund bigger regions and Wairarapa councils have signed up to the Wellington Regional Strategy. 
Lets elect Kate Raue then we'll get a Cuisine School, Communiyt Resource Centre, and we'll all have jobs instead of pouring money into this incompetent corrupt sink hole.

South Wairarapa Mayor Adrienne Staples was equally angry, saying she intends to bill UCOL for the money spent by South Wairarapa.  
Ha ha good luck, watch this space, what a waste of time, more impotent rubbish.
“I haven’t formally asked for (the money) yet, but I’ve been told informally that I won’t get it back,” Ms Staples said. - Why haven't you asked for it back yet???

“This project was going to help the whole of Wairarapa, not just Martinborough.” 
And it would have if it had been on the Borough Farm in Carterton, but that oaf McPhee was too ignorant to realise that.

Masterton Mayor Garry Daniell said while he knows “in my heart” the school has been lost to Wairarapa, “we’re still in the boxing ring – right at this stage I don’t totally agree that the deal is dead yet.”

Mr Daniell said he had spoken to Tertiary Education Minister Pete Hodgson.  It’s clear that UCOL had not consulted the Minister about (the move).”

Carterton Mayor Gary McPhee said he hoped Carterton would get its regional initiative money back, but he wasn’t sure how likely it is.  “It’s ratepayers’ money put in for a purpose.”  More state-the-obvious drivel from McPhee.  We all know that Gary, what are you going to do about it???

According to Cuisine School project manager Christine Beech, in November 2006 New Zealand Trade and Enterprise approved $1.997 million to the Wairarapa Cuisine and Fine Wine project over three years through its Major Regional Initiative fund.

Of this, $1.125 million was allocated to help establish the International School of Cuisine.


Ms Beech said the money paid by Wairarapa Councils had been used for projects other than the cuisine school, like showcasing at food and wine trade shows and building up a database of photographs presenting Wairarapa as a quality food and wine region.

“We have never spent their (Wairarapa Council’s) money.  It was all under the same agreement, but the money was allocated for different parties to do different things.

“Wairarapa has still reaped benefits of what they have done as part of the project.”

Anna Head, Grow Wellington project manager for Wairarapa Cuisine and Fine Wine, who began the project with Go Wairarapa, said she too is “gutted” the cuisine school had been lost to Wairarapa.

She said she did not now what would happen to the Wairarapa Cuisine and Fine Wine initiative now the cuisine school has moved.

“I don’t know where my position sits.” (sic)
- from an article in the Wairarapa Times-Age 8 May 2008 (Gerald Ford

This is outrageous incompetence!  McPhee and his mates Hazy Hayes, Beyer the Liar, etc, couldn't organise a picnic in the park!  The development of Memorial Square in Carterton, and the cracked footpath tiles are testament to that, the pirate ship and skate bowl at Carrington Park should have been top of the Council's list of priorities not at the bottom.

The destruction of the Carterton Community Centre and the sale of the Borough Farm, the Wakelin Health Centre etc, the demolition of the Municipal Hall, and the disposal and destruction of community services and facilities are further evidence of the financial incompetence and corruption in Carterton. A vote for John Hayes is a vote for greed, incompetence and corruption.

More on the elections here:

ELECTION BY DECEPTION:

JUDGE RULES McPHEE
 HAS NO AUTHORITY AT
 COUNCIL MEETING


A Judge recently ruled that Carterton Mayor and local bully Gary McPhee had no authority to evict Katherine Raue from a Council meeting.  for asking for the return of her electoral deposit, which the thieving bully is refusing to refund, among other things, including the long called for inquiry into the illegal takeover, mismanagement and closure of the former Carterton Community Centre by a group comprising mainly of people associated with the Carterton District Council).  It is ridiculous that some academic in Auckland (or anyone else for that matter) thinks that Carterton's last local body election was democratic, or even legal. 
Firstly, Gary McGoofy's idea of a democratic election involves making sure that only half the town can vote for any one candidate in the first place, by refusing to have an "at large" ward. Carterton only has an a rural ward and an urban ward, unlike most places which have an 'at large' ward enabling any person in the electorate to vote for a candidate, unlike the other two.  So only the voters in the rural ward could vote for me, but there wasn’t much chance of that anyway, because McGoofy made sure they were sent the candidate information for the Central Otago elections instead.
Secondly, McPhee decided to appoint a private company from Christchurch to run the Carterton elections. This company distributed the candidate information booklets for the candidates for the Central Otago elections to the voters of Carterton, 


Thirdly, the same incompetent private company who sent the voters the candidate profiles for the Central Otago electorate was then employed by McPhee and his corrupt Council to count the votes in Christchurch, a decision which prevented at least fifty per cent of the mayoral candidates having a scrutineer present.

Fourthly, it is an insult to democracy and a travesty of justice that McPhee was able to stand in the first place. His much publicised boast on the front page of the local paper about the drunken home invasion and assault on the innocent occupants of a local flat amounted to a confession of a serious crime, and established a clear prima facie case.
It is completely unacceptable that the police continue to refuse to charge McPhee and his accomplice with the violent attack. This was a vicious violent, unprovoked attack on harmless people who were minding their own business, cooking their dinner, and not bothering anybody, when McPhee and fellow Council officer Chris Keegan smashed their way into their home and assaulted them with a weapon. 

One of the occupants had only got out of hospital the day before after suffering a stroke, and either one of the drunken bullies would have weighed more than all of the occupants of the flat put together.
- READ FULL STORY 

Right, back to Financial Literacy.  here is a link to the financial records of the Carterton Community Centre, which Georgina Beyer claimed were all above board, and the Minutes of the Carterton Community Centre, which show that at least $7500 was stolen from a number of bank accounts to pay one individual:  You don't have to be a genius to see that this is fraud:


There wasn't a quorum at this meeting OR the next one - that is indisputable after a look at the Rules and the Minutes book!  Ruth Carter, Elaine Brazendale, Tony Feinson and John Slater were responsible for robbing half a dozen accounts set up for the benefit of the less well off in the community and paid it to their mates or bribed the victims of their bullying and incompetence and corruption!  And they did it REGULARLY!

Here's the financial reports of the Community Gardens - it's not rocket science.  The reference to the Tindall Foundation grant is relevant to the letter to Police from lawyer Ken Daniels.



The top table is Expenditure and the bottom one Income.  Seven lines from the bottom of the top table, Expenditure, there is a category entitled "PG Payment".  It can be seen that $220 was budgeted for this item and $6000 spent in May.  Inquiries revealed that this "personal grievance" was one of two being dealt with at the time - due to the mismanagement and dysfunction of the committee running the Carterton Community Centre, including Elaine Brazendale, Ruth Carter, Jill Greathead, Ewen Hyde, Julie Hallam, Martyn Preece and others - and NEITHER of these unauthorised payments was ordered or even recommended by the Employment Tribunal - in fact they seemed to know very little about them at all!

In roughly the same position on the bottom table is a category entitled "Misc".  It can be seen that there are entries of $1,000 in June, $3000 in August, and $1000 in September.  This is absolutely typical of the affairs of the Carterton Community Centre.

Below is the relevant information regarding the accounts of the actual Community Centre Inc account, which show the payment of $1000 in June (matching the deposit in the Community Gardens account, above) and the payment to the auditors in August.

Below is the VOSP accounts, showing how they were robbed of $1000 - corresponding with the UNAUTHORISED $1000 payment in September into the Community Gardens account.
Below is a memo from Tony Feinson, the man who punched me in the face in the Community Centre and began the illegal takeover by John Crawford, John Gordon and their mates on the Council.  This email refers to two personal grievances and a number of vague "activities" Feinson had been involved in over the past year as Chairperson of the Carterton Community Centre.

They were filling in funding applications as fast as they could and paying the money out to their mates as "Volunteer Expenses", "Personal Grievance Payments", overinflated wages to people like Georgina Beyer and Jo Roffe, etc, etc.  These personal grievance payments were not authorised, not recommended by the Employment Tribunal, they were purely arbitrary payments to individuals that amounted to outright theft and serious misfeasance.

There's plenty of money to go round, plenty of resources, they're just being wasted by idiots in power.  Here's the evidence that this was just one of two so called "personal grievances" on the go at the same time.  the involvement of corrupt local law firm Wollerman Cooke and McClure in these matters is outrageous - these payments were made on their advice apparently, and Mark Hinton of that firm made the formal complaint to Police which Sgt Reid wrote about.  In the memo below Feinson (the man who punched me in the face and broke two of my teeth) says that Helen Staples 'personal grievance' "will cost us $1500" - yes, but what about the rest of the money which Feinson and his mates stole from all the OTHER organisations operating "under the umbrella" of the Carterton Community Centre?!
Here's the statement of claim of the EIGHT people who closed OUR Community Centre:  This is an orchestrated litany of lies, there was problems with the funding all right!  As soon as the funders found out about all the fraud and bullying going on at the Carterton Community Centre they all stopped the grants.  As for the lies about the lack of interest -  there was a huge petition calling for an inquiry into he affairs of the Centre and the involvement of people associated with the Carterton District Council in the fraud and bullying at the Centre, offending against the more vulnerable members of the community by those in the most powerful political positions - aided and abetted by the local lawyers, who largely prostitute themselves to the highest bidder, manipulating the Court process and the course of justice accordingly - although there are a number of notable exceptions, such as Frank Minehan, Ken Daniels, Ivan Young-Gough, Bryan King, and others.


John Crawford and his mates on the Council should have been LOCKED UP for this - they should STILL be locked up for it - half of them are STILL on the Council - this is completely unacceptable - they've been ripping this community off for far too long already!  Ken Daniels wrote about the substantial community opposition to this project and the community petitions, etc, and it is absolutely outrageous that in the face of the evidence of the hypocrisy of this "statement of claim" to the Court that this small group of people with obvious conflicts of interest could get away with taking control of this organisation and close it down, stealing all the funds and assets in the process, before carrying on with business as usual at the new Carterton Event Centre.




The local media joined in by publishing an orchestrated litany of lies regarding Gary McPhee's violent drunken home invasion, corruptly laid charges against me, the role of other corrupt so called community leaders, Police, etc.

And now go to this link to read Georgina Beyer's litany of lies about how this was all above board according to 'her' and find out why 'she' really resigned from parliament in disgrace, and deserves to be charged with perverting the course of justice.