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Charity accuses Govt of bullying, unfair treatment

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 28 May 2024, 9:44am
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Photo / NZME

Charity accuses Govt of bullying, unfair treatment

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 28 May 2024, 9:44am

Keep New Zealand Beautiful claims it's been treated unfairly by the Ministry for the Environment. 

CEO Heather Saunderson alleges bullying by the Ministry, and the entire team has resigned. 

She claims ministers —past and present— have refused to meet them, there's been a lack of consultation, and funding has been withheld. 

Saunderson told Mike Hosking that other organisations that are legislatively mandated outside of central government receive funding, the SPCA for example gets $6.5 million a year. 

She said that the central government has basically said that by law, they have to do this, but they’re not going to get any funding to do so. 

In response, Christopher Luxon told Mike Hosking that the country has changed a lot since the anti-litter charity was set up. 

He says it's a well-known brand, but Kiwis take a lot of pride now in keeping the environment clean. 

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