Tuesday, June 28, 2011

[pima.nius] Pacific churches fundraising methods questioned

12:22 PM |

Pacific churches fundraising methods questioned

Updated June 28, 2011 08:09:12

Pacific Island churches in New Zealand are starting to change the way they raise funds from their members, because some families have gone into debt to loan sharks.

Efforts to curb the activities of loan sharks who promise easy cash but often charge enormous amounts of interest are underway, with a national summit on the issue being held in August.

Reverend Tavake Tupou, who heads an independent Tongan Methodist congregation in Auckland, says some Pacific families have given more money to their church than they can afford, because the names and amounts of donors are often read out in public.


Presenter:Bruce Hill
Speaker:Reverend Tavake Tupou, minister, independent Tongan Methodist congregation, Auckland,


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