The background per N.Z Herald…
“Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has described Oxfam claims that New Zealand has contributed only $120,000 towards the Syria crisis as "wildly irresponsible and an insult to all New Zealanders”. Oxfam UK made the claims in a study arguing what countries should have donated based on their national income and overall wealth. New Zealand came out bottom of the list of featured nations, with Oxfam saying it had committed just 1 per cent of what it should have - $120,000. The study has been reported extensively in the UK, by outlets including the BBC and New Statesman. Mr McCully said New Zealand had actually contributed $5.5 million over the past 16 months, supporting Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, as well as those displaced in their homeland. "For Oxfam to make claims that are so fundamentally incorrect challenges their credibility. Their claims are an insult to every New Zealander on whose behalf the Government has made $5.5 million in humanitarian contributions. "These claims are even more outrageous coming from an overseas executive of an organisation whose New Zealand branch receives millions of dollars of taxpayer funding for partnership projects. I trust that Oxfam's New Zealand leadership take the trouble to correct their wayward colleague."
So to get this right Oxfam’s head-office have defamed the N.Z Government, by default all Kiwis.
Their wish-washy reasoning, I wouldn’t even call it an apology, has just gone up on their local 'mirror' web-site.
I would go as far as saying Oxfam deliberately misrepresented N.Z’s humanitarian aid program to suit their ‘bully-boy’ agenda such is the scale of their error couple with share incompetence which makes me as a taxpayer want to examine their capabilities to deliver aid with my money.
Oxfam’s N.Z branch is by default complicit via its own silence in this defamation, shown itself to be little more than an apologist puppet outpost for their imperialist masters in U.K.
Oxfam N.Z either needs to directly correct this travesty or shut-up-shop piss-off out of town and stop asking for tax-payer support.
Until Oxfam in N.Z itself apologises and not just ‘cut and pastes’ it’s head-offices propaganda the N.Z Government should (a.) stop all funding of Oxfam related projects (b.) review their charitable status (c.) check-on where the money is going to see if it is being handled competently.
Oxfam N.Z has thrown the financial assistance it gets from taxpayers back in our faces when it incorrectly told the rest of the world we are stingy pricks.
So what about Oxfam’s ‘selective at best’ research, it feels free to tell the world press is ‘gospel’ to suit its agenda?
Their Fair Share Analysis Study fails to even list say Singapore, Israel, Brunei and Taiwan etc. who are more prosperous countries on an income basis than New Zealand.
The likes of Brunei, Singapore etc. who were (conveniently?) missing off Oxfam’s Fair Share Analysis Study all have figures, flawed or other-wise, on their one source for their report - Financial Tracking Services.
They could have also reported on the generosity of even Afghanistan, Syria etc. using FTS but chose not to.
Because Oxfam think ‘publically naming and shaming’ will make governments dig deeper.
Well this tactic has now blown-up in their faces here in N.Z.
In a gross oversight Oxfam didn’t even take time to ask the relevant Governments they chose to publish/lambast to furnish their respective in-house figures for their study to cross reference with FTS revealing what a lazy, unprofessional organisation they are.
This being the case it’s time for McCully to review all of Oxfam’s partnership projects and divert future monies to some charitable group that at least appreciates it, doesn’t bite the hands that feeds.