The Gloriavale application for Regional Development funds

With $3 billion on offer from the Regional Economic Development fund over three years there must be many lining up with their hands out in hope of benefiting.

One application for funds has received special attention –  Gloriavale seeking millions of taxpayer dollars to set up new health food enterprise

Controversial religious sect Gloriavale is applying for millions of taxpayer dollars through the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund.

1 NEWS has revealed Gloriavale’s leaders are looking to set up a new health food enterprise on the West Coast, and they want the public to fund it.

It is an application only. It has not been granted. So some of the political jumping up and down is premature.

Gloriavale’s application to the $3 billion fund is already on the radar of Shane Jones, Regional Economic Development Minister.

“I wouldn’t want to knock out any particular application till we had all the facts. But the reality is that particular organisation does represent something of a morality play,” Mr Jones said.

Mr Jones said he’s not surprised that “we will get from time to time applications where we’ll have to be very, very sensitive”.

The Government says it will consider the application in good faith.

But it will also take into account Gloriavale’s reputation with the public whose money it’s now asking for.

I think that the Government has to properly consider any application.

There’s no point in getting concerned at this stage.

 

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19 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  August 2, 2018

    The Gloriavale brand of religion has good brand awareness these days,and it is an opportune time to develop more profitable revenue streams
    .
    Sanitarium is the gold standard.

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    • Corky

       /  August 2, 2018

      These folk are productive members of society. I wouldn’t mind them as neighbours. Thankfully for religion haters they will not get funding even if their application ticks all the boxes. Jonesey knows a shit storm of Californian fire proportions would follow.

      If I was Jonesey I would ask these people: ”what’s in it for the taxpayer.”

      Interesting to note the application is for a health food production line. Boy, is there money in health products. My guess is it’ll be Green Barely extract. The South Island of New Zealand produces the best barely extract in the world. Top dollar is paid the world over for this product.

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      • PartisanZ

         /  August 2, 2018

        Yep, the Gloriavale womenfolk can work the factory floor in addition to their already assigned tasks of doing all the child-rearing and all the domestic duties …

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        • Corky

           /  August 2, 2018

          Hey, I never said I agreed with their lifestyle. They are free to walkout whenever they wish…if they can break the self inflicted confines of their beliefs. But then, we all suffer from that malady to some degree as I have exposed that on this blog

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          • Blazer

             /  August 2, 2018

            They may not like you as a neighbour though Corky!
            You realise they get around in the western equivalent of a burkha…so you mean barely extract not barley extract!

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            • Corky

               /  August 2, 2018

              Oh, yes, the western equivalent of the burkha. Underline Western..belonging to us…whether we like it or not. I don’t have a problem with that.

          • Corky

             /  August 2, 2018

            You get prat of the day, Blazer. Unfortunately there is no prize. So put a feather in your beanie.

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            • Blazer

               /  August 2, 2018

              don’t get your lederhosen in a bunch Corky..its all done in the best…possible taste.

            • Corky

               /  August 2, 2018

              Of course it was..you are a good guy.

            • The Gloriavale uniform is horribly unflattering. The thought of wearing that bunchy, badly cut, ugly blue garment every day would be enough to put me off going there, even if I thought that I’d love the lifestyle.

              Burkhas make the wearer seem full of Easten promise, Gloriakhas make everyone look like a frump.

            • Three people must like the bright blue, bunchy Gloriavale uniform. There’s no accounting for taste,

              The material looks like cheap sheeting material. It must feel ghastly.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 2, 2018

    Pork barrel politics attracts flies. This is also how corruption starts. Joyce’s MBIE set a bad precedent.

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    • PartisanZ

       /  August 2, 2018

      I’ve noticed Alan … Clouds of blowhard blowflies around National’s RoNS four laner from Warkworth to Whangarei … The biggest pork barrel of them all …

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 2, 2018

        Really? Name them.

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        • PartisanZ

           /  August 2, 2018

          I don’t need to name them individually … although, mysteriously, some have names directly or indirectly associated with trucking companies … Well I never!

          Fact is, the escapades of Carter & Sabin made Northland a marginal seat for National, which they failed to secure in the bye-election, even after arbitrarily extending RoNS from Warkworth to Wellsford for no viable economic reason … [they pork barreled it] …

          Come the 2017 General Election they tipped the scales by further extending the four lane bribe all the way to Whangarei @ $4 billion, arguably a new pork barrel record … and achieved a majority of just 1,389 votes … compared to a 9,275 majority for Carter in 2002 …

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          • As pork barrel is an Americanism like the (meaningless in NZ) beltway and we are not Americans, we should have our own version of it.

            Pie cart politics ?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  August 2, 2018

            Should have been 4 lanes to Whangarei decades ago. Would have saved a lot of social and welfare misery.

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  3. Zedd

     /  August 2, 2018

    I would prefer Hikurangi hemp get the funds.. before ‘Gloriavale’..

    BUT Mr Jones thinks Hikurangi are just ‘electric puha growers’ (his words) 😦

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    • Please tell me that you’re joking about him saying that. Please.

      He’s an IDIOT.

      Gloriavale sounds like a new, jerrybuilt suburb or an old people’s home.

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