web analytics
The Standard
Advertising

Poverty Watch 5

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, September 29th, 2012 - 22 comments
Categories: national, poverty - Tags: , ,

Welcome to Poverty watch, a weekly update on the National government’s lack of response to the urgent and growing issue of poverty in NZ. A lot of background issues and links are set out in Poverty Watch one two and three.

In news this week, Live Below the Line is over, I hope we’ll be hearing the stories of some of those who participated.

Right-wingers really don’t like the issue of poverty being in the spotlight. If you have a strong stomach you can read Rodney Hide for a view form the dark ages (Rodney shares his wisdom on how all kids are poor because none of them have money, and the wonders of bone broth soup for lunch). John Roughan has a whinge about the excellent John Campbell / 3 News focus on poverty, pleading “Save us from one-sided TV” (John would rather watch his hero Paul Holmes than see poor people messing up his telly).

I have been very impressed with 3 News. On this issue at least, they are trying to rise above the drivel of commercial “news” and use the power of their pulpit for real journalism – journalism to comment on important issues and effect social change. From the screening of Inside Child Poverty last year, to their current focus on school lunches and Kidscan, it has all been good work. “Television blogger” Paul Casserly responds to Roughan’s attack:

The Herald’s John Roughan took Campbell Live to task for pushing the poor barrow […] worrying that the show’s much talked about school-lunch story was the beginning of a slippery socialistic slope. “If school meals become a new entitlement, very hard to contain, it will be a costly triumph for one-sided television.”

Undeterred, Campbell Live kept up the one-sided attacks on poverty throughout the week. They wheeled out experts who droned on but made good sense. They even made financial sense. Spend money on kids now, and we’ll save big-time on health and crime in the future.

On Tuesday’s show, they featured two women from the Manawatu who were hell-bent on making lunches for their local down-at-heel school. Their venison shepherd’s pie wouldn’t have been put of place on My Kitchen Rules.

Tonight (Friday), the leftie running dogs of Campbell Live are running a campaign to raise money for the Kidscan charity. They reckon that they can feed 15,000 hungry kids for $1.8 million a year.

As the champagne socialist in chief said on the show on Tuesday: “It’s a start and it’s better than doing nothing.”

Speaking of Kidscan, you can go to their website to sign up and help out – check out the Campbell Live Lunchbox Day herehere, or here. Text Lunch to 8595 to make a $3 donation, or donate via KidsCan Charitable Trust: ASB BANK 12 3026 0348180 03.

Poverty Watch always ends with the following list, the National government’s response to rising poverty in NZ:

• National has not yet set any target for reducing poverty
• ?

22 comments on “Poverty Watch 5”

  1. It’s incredible too me that they continue to defend the Left/Ring wing war they theorised into existence in the name of a …

    “Yeah Naaah M8 we need a more “Balanced Perspective”. M8″

    What is it with these people?, can they not see us “Lefties” understand right wing necessities better than they do?

    Yeah M8!, better than you uncivilised, blindfolded intentionaly ignorant denialists M8!

    • mike e 1.1

      Shonkey can help a few hundred people on the Chatham islands for a publicity stunt!
      But 270,00o children in poverty what problem its their own fault tough they can just stay poor for the rest of their lives their parents shouldn’t be aloud to have sex or breed!
      Michael laws the philandering FWIT!

  2. Tibby Jenkins 2

    National is hellbent on turning our welfare system into a safety net model and, like the US, the govt will have no choice but to feed kids at school. With President Key, and his deputies English and Banks at the helm we’re on course to becoming a mini America with all it’s assosiated social ills. The underclass are being shat on from all angles. Something will give eventually.

  3. ak 3

    Yes, I’d say Campbell’s got the Roughan’ natzy set extremely worried.

    Half an hour primetime showing healthy well-balanced young kiwis actually caring about others and having fun doing it.

    Disaster for the div & conq greed-is-god message. Watch the subtle pressures come on JC.

    Will they go straight to the bottom of the barrel and bring back thrice-failed pond scum Henry? I hope so.

    • Henry should write commedy with John Banks (It’s been done before and better I might add) ….
      “Two Babies in their Prams, going “Yeah Naaaaah M8!”” going for a visit too their M8!’s place “Shon K’K Key” :-P
      Add the “Mama’s” dialogue for a bit of reality.

  4. Yeah I think Campbell is one sided.
    He’s promoting charity as the solution to poverty, instead of ripping the shit out of the rich bastards who live off the masses poverty.

  5. prism 5

    Tonight (Friday), the leftie running dogs of Campbell Live are running a campaign to raise money for the Kidscan charity. They reckon that they can feed 15,000 hungry kids for $1.8 million a year.
    As the champagne socialist in chief said on the show on Tuesday: “It’s a start and it’s better than doing nothing.”

    Is this sneering or pointed satire by this Paul Casserly?

    One thing that can be added to the question at the bottom of the post is –
    When will National decide on a money amount to be the poverty line floor, for individuals and families? (With an amount that would be added for each child – children’s requirements would vary, in 5-year brackets, cheaper to keep toddlers than teenagers in food, clothes and kit required)

    And this floor to be researched by appropriate university teams such as Otago that used to do a food basket cost survey, and compared with work done by Treasury and a reasoned decision that was inflation adjusted with a special measure added to allow for separate housing inflation movement.

  6. How many of you read Michael Cox;s outragious colunm last week. What a slimy bastard Running down all who are not in the “class” of his rich mates. Im sick to death of his type.Their belief in low wages cut backs in working conditions and their embracement of unemployment are typical of his sort of wealthy parasites.

  7. Dr Terry 7

    It is shame on the Government that charities are obliged to come to the rescue of children living in poverty. But Key and his cohorts are only too happy to let this be. Sure, the charities are essential and doing a great job. But the Government should be doing its bit too.

    This must be the most callous government we ever had. May it rest in hell.

    • Well said bud.
      (I personaly prefer “Rest In Peace” as they don’t haunt u afterwards, but well said)
      (U gotta remember the children sometimes)

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      Sure, the charities are essential and doing a great job.

      Charities should never be essential. In fact, IMO, the existence of charities to help cover for poverty is proof that the society has failed.

  8. Jokerman 8

    A Good Article Thank You (to the author)

  9. xtasy 9

    With all respect, what Campbell did on his show last week does more appear to be a double purpose effort, one to actually support a charity feeding hungry school kids, but at the same time intensively “marketing” his show and his profile. I am sure the ratings went up and more advertising revenue will flow from this.

    It is a worry when NZers must increasingly rely on charity for meeting essential needs, be this for kids going hungry, homeless left on waiting lists at Housing NZ, future beneficiaries to rely on outsourced “service providers” to help them find work. This is “american” or “US” style “welfare”, which is all part of the agenda to dismantle the so far state supported welfare system.

    And what are 250,000 dollars going to achieve. Fair enough, it is appreciated, and hopefully will provide lunches to school kids. But say a lunch costs about $ 3 a head, that is 83,333 meals for how many thousands of kids? It may last for a couple of weeks to feed the most needy, and what comes after that?

    We have a government offering unaffordable tax cuts to the ones on higher incomes, at the same time hiking GST, which affects middle and low income earners more, thus re-distribute wealth from bottom to top, and then rely on Campbell Live and Kidscan to feed the hungry school-children of parents struggling to pay rents, mortgages, growing utility costs and so. What about increasing the minimum wage perhaps?

    People are being taken for a ride with this, that is my impression.

    • All well said xtasy, Campbell will always push his brand,
      and we need too regulate but the Gnats’ are spineless.

      • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1

        They’re achieving exactly what they want to achieve – a wealth transfer from the poor to the rich. I’m pretty sure that that proves that they’re not “spineless”.

    • lenore 9.2

      I totally agree but I would have felt worse if Campbell had done the programmes and the public didn’t respond at all. What was interesting was the lack of knowledge about poverty in our own backyards particularly by the kids in the decile 10 / private schools. Why are they so ignorant? Because their parents are ignorant? Or their parents are milking the system as it is and don’t want to raise the consequences of this? Or the parents are justifying the tougher times “it’s the economy” etc.
      However despite this, their kids wanted to do something and I think – maybe we should change our voting laws to ages 18 years and below and remove us adults from the picture altogether

      • fatty 9.2.1

        “What was interesting was the lack of knowledge about poverty in our own backyards particularly by the kids in the decile 10 / private schools.”

        Its pretty difficult to have an understanding of socio-economic conditions throughout NZ when you are young. I grew up in a Christian family and believed that everyone ignored God, rather than simply not believing that God was real. Those kids probably think that other kids parents can’t afford top quality shoes, but I doubt they’d even consider that parent’s can’t afford food.
        For decile 10 kids, food is there, when they want it, its not something that warrants questioning. Just like how Trotter stated that even adults in NZ have the same blind spot due to a life of privilege.

        “maybe we should change our voting laws to ages 18 years and below and remove us adults from the picture altogether”

        I’d back that…us adults have proven that we do not deserve democracy

Links to post

Important links

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Waihopai – years on, still the same
    On 24 January, I attended the Waihopai Base protest in my electorate.  It was attended by a great range of people who are all concerned about the direction our country is heading in.  Thank you to all of those who… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    9 hours ago
  • Greens call for ring-fencing of state home proceeds
    The Government must ring-fence the proceeds of any state home sales and spend every dollar raised on more Government-built homes in order to address the housing crisis, the Green Party says.Prime Minister John Key has indicated that his first major… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    1 day ago
  • English breaks his $6000 wages promise
    Just one month into the new year Bill English has already rowed back on his election promise of real wage rises for New Zealanders, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “During the election campaign National promised Kiwis that the average… ...
    7 days ago
  • National fails to produce evidence justifying attack on RMA
    The National Government is misusing evidence provided in the Motu report on planning rules to justify gutting the environmental protections secured by the Resource Management Act (RMA), says the Green Party today. The Motu group's research into the impacts of… ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter MP
    7 days ago
  • National fails to produce evidence justifying attack on RMA
    The National Government is misusing evidence provided in the Motu report on planning rules to justify gutting the environmental protections secured by the Resource Management Act (RMA), says the Green Party today. The Motu group's research into the impacts of… ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter MP
    7 days ago
  • RMA changes won’t knock a dollar off the cost of a new home
    The Government’s proposed changes to the RMA won’t increase the number of affordable homes or knock a dollar off the cost of building a new house, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “Tinkering with the RMA will not solve National’s housing… ...
    1 week ago
  • What is the real ‘price of the club’?
    What price is too high to join a club?  According to the current the New Zealand Prime Minister, the lives of young Kiwi men and women are a part of the package. In his latest BBC interview, John Key fails… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    1 week ago
  • Palestine – NZ talks loudly in New York, does little at home
    Even though New Zealand has been gently slumbering over the last few weeks, world affairs have been progressing at its usual break-neck speed. There have been a number of significant steps since we all disbanded from the last parliamentary year.… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    1 week ago
  • DOC debacle means hundreds may have missed out on fishing licences
    Hundreds of families and recreational fishers may have had their holidays spoiled by missing out on their fishing licences, with Conservation Minister Maggie Barry preferring instead to focus on more high profile portfolio priorities over the summer break, Labour’s Conservation… ...
    1 week ago
  • Effective action needed against pirate fishing boats
    New Zealand’s failure to detain pirate shipping vessels poaching endangered species in our region is simply not good enough, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says. “We send New Zealand naval vessels to the Arabian Gulf to board pirate ships there… ...
    1 week ago
  • Housing affordability crisis gets worse under National
    News that Auckland’s housing is now among the 10 most unaffordable in the world confirms the Government’s housing policy has failed, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “After six years in power, National’s housing policies have not fixed the housing… ...
    1 week ago
  • Rheumatic fever rates continue to soar despite millions spent on prevention...
    The Government’s $65 million spend on rheumatic fever prevention has made little impact on the alarmingly high rate of the disease among young New Zealanders, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Latest figures from ESR show there were 235 notified… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government wipes off $5 billion in tax debt
    Since coming to office, the National Government has written off $5 billion* in tax debt owed by more than a million, Labour MP Stuart Nash says. "There are two sides to the New Zealand economy under the National government: the… ...
    3 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere