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Action on poverty missing from Bennett’s plan

Written By: - Date published: 1:09 pm, October 11th, 2012 - 26 comments
Categories: child abuse, child welfare, poverty - Tags:

I don’t have a problem with more information-sharing on vulnerable children. It’s not very National to create more bureaucracy but I guess that’s the point. Bennett could have done something substantial to improve the lives of children – extending the child payment to beneficiary families for 2% more on Bennett’s department’s budget. But National won’t spend the money on kids.

At the very least, she could reverse her policy of cutting the incomes of benefit families in half if they don’t put their kids in ECE. Bennett says she wants to stop harm to kids – well what about the harm that policy will cause to 2,000 kids a year? Again, it’s about cutting money.

So, after 4 years, all Bennett can produce is a bit of bureaucracy to look like she’s taking action.

Bennett seems to care. Either she’s good at faking (her concern always strikes me as a little too polished and inconsistent with her actions) or she’s just not got the tools and the smarts to do anything that really matters. Kind of sad either way, really.

26 comments on “Action on poverty missing from Bennett’s plan”

    • mike 1.1

      So her answer to child abuse is more ‘monitoring’ of kids, more punishment for abusive parents, and better inter-department synergy. No actual plan then to prevent child abuse from occurring in the first place. Just the push to figure out how to cut more benefits – I wonder how that will affect vulnerable kids?

      Yet another tory ‘fight crime by building more prisons’ type of plan. Or as Simon Collins puts it, “…picking up the pieces at the bottom of the cliff.”

      EDDIE: “Bennett seems to care.” I’m not sure where you are getting this from. Personally I don’t think that a tilted head with furrowed eyebrows qualifies as ‘concern’.

  1. captain hook 2

    hey doncha know?
    in the post modernist world of only your own truths count then if she talks about it then its done.
    yeah right.

  2. Kotahi Tāne Huna 3

    Information sharing? Pfft! Too often abused children are well known to all concerned, but the all-pervasive underfunding and lack of resources (again, measures to address economic factors would help here) undermine the best of intentions.

    Bennett may or may not be genuine in her concern, but she is certainly ineffectual.

    • Stephen Doyle 3.1

      Until she can squeeze some budget out of Bill to increase the number of case workers. And that’s unlikely.

    • karol 3.2

      And I’m pretty sure that most teachers are already good at knowing which of their children are “vulnerable”.  Do they really need a lot more training in this, other than the usual in service updating and refresher courses?

      • Stephen Doyle 3.2.1

        Those senior teachers in charge of pastoral care at most schools know exactly who is at risk. Getting the relevant agencies to deal with those students and their families is the issue. It’s not a matter of knowledge, it’s a matter of resources.

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.1.1

          I’m sure those services have been promised plenty more resources to deal with the increased identification of at risk kids.

          OK maybe not

  3. Tiger Mountain 4

    “Bennett seems to care.” far too kind Eddie.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Kuha-Campaign/466039110107129?fref=ts

    We have our very own kiwi hunger striker thanks to WINZ tender mercies, Sam does not deserve to go out this way, but if he so chooses or crosses the line (point of no return) like Bobby Sands and 9 others did, hopefully Bennett will be as politically affected as was Margaret Thatcher by the ’81 H Block hunger strikers. It was the beginning of the end for pom involvement in Nth.Ireland.

  4. marsman 5

    Bennett seems to care? Didn’t she do a six week neoliberal indoctrination course in the USA on how to care?

  5. Jokerman 6

    Cruel, but composed and bland,
    Dumb, inscrutable and grand,
    So Tiberius might have sat,
    Had Tiberius been a CAT

    -Arnold (my bold)

  6. AsleepWhileWalking 7

    Ahhh….the old shifting responsiblity while taking credit for someone else’s actions and diverting media attention away from your leader who is looking less and less credible while he sits in secret meetings doing deals to sign away our future without anyone else in the country knowing what is agreed to trick!

  7. xtasy 8

    Of course abuse needs to be addressed, avoided, some improved networks need to be encouraged, but does that not already happen?

    And getting tougher sentences will of course make sense to some, certainly appeal to the “lock em away for good” crowd.

    The source of all evil lies somewhere else. Was there not a “mythical” or “mystic” time once, was it real or not, that murders hardly ever happened in this country, few rapes happened (yes some happened but were not prosecuted), you could leave your doors unlocked and nobody would burgle your home? Was that not what some NZers told me when I first came here?

    So what went bloody wrong? Were there suddenly only BAD people born, unable to raise kids and basically “feral” child abusers, as some Herald commenter of over aged validity for sense and intelligence wrote last week?

    What the hell is the problem?

    So Bennett, like her government, again, like Crusher Collins, like other hard line talkers, they seem to think if you treat the symptom the disease will go away?

    Idiots at the helm, I am afraid. Get rid of these idiots. Surely get Key exposed and out of his office before the welfare reforms are even discussed in select committee. So Shearer, Peters and Norman, get your troops and supporters working, dig up and expose what comes about, get rid of this idiot, incompetent, NatZY government, before it does more harm to this country, thanks!

  8. xtasy 9

    Ha, who needs poverty if you have a salary like Paula!

    Action comes easy when it is just words and verbal diarrhea, meaning nothing but pinpointing blame and growing the hate game, ignoring causes and living on cloud nine.

    Where were you last Friday afternoon, Paula? You must have been afraid of confronting some concerned people outside your Henderson electorate office.

    I am sorry, but you are a COWARD too!

  9. xtasy 10

    I am sure your Principal Health Advisor Dr David Bratt knows the reasons, right? It is all a problem of “benefit dependency” (them supposedly being the large part of child neglecting parents), which must be, because they are “addicts”, right? “Benefit Addicts”, as Dr Bratt claims:

    http://www.gpcme.co.nz/pdf/2012/Fri_DaVinci_1400_Bratt_Medical%20Certificates%20are%20Clinical%20Instruments%20too%20-%20June%202012.pdf

    Click to access C1%201515%20Bratt-Hawker.pdf

    Click to access David-Bratt-Benefit-Sunshine.pdf

    http://www.rgpn.org.nz/Network/media/documents/…/D-Bratt.ppt

    http://www.rgpn.org.nz/Resources/Conference-workshops-2011.aspx
    (download the PowerPoint presentation by Dr David Bratt, given on 18 March 2011 at the NZ Rural GP Network conference, detailing “issues” re “clients” or “patients” pressuring doctors)

    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/in-print/2012/august-2012/1-august-2012/harms-lurk-for-benefit-addicts.aspx

    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/in-print/2012/august-2012/29-august-2012/questioning-the-direction-of-msd-policy.aspx

    So looking at the info above, is it not clear, that the problem is “benefit addiction” that leads to all these social ills? You better wake up, inform yourselves and take position on this, as we have welfare reforms right now before the select committee, that will deal to this much more severely than it ever has been before.

    But going by public sentiment, most are quite happy, as they do NOT know about the more serious aspects of the reforms, but only focus on drug testing for jobs, and a few ‘social responsibilities’ that most would expect of parents anyway. Ignorance rules in NZ, day in and out, the media is asleep or pre occupied with career choice minded young journos, busy polishing finger nails and putting up the make up for the next job interview.

    In summary: A truly fucked up society in this country, I am sorry!

  10. xtasy 11

    The amount of effort I put into a good comment just now is totally wasted, and I am totally disillusioned with some funcitioning of this website, the whole shit going down here, I had bloody enough. It is NOT worth any more effort to put into anything into NZ. Sorry Good Night!

    [lprent: The spam levels are pretty high at present. I am clearing something like a 100 per day rather than the usual 10-20, which tends to mean we are probably getting at least a few thousand killed without us seeing them.

    Multiply that out by the WordPress sites worldwide and the akismet antispam services will be getting flooded. Messages that will usually clear in a second start getting queued. And comments with a number of links usually take longer to get through auto checking because they are a signature of a type of spammer – so they get pushed lower in the queues. Most likely your message got caught in temporary moderation or even our loal spam queue. They will come out – don’t be impatient.

    However the alternatives to having temporary delays to messages are a whole lot worse.. ]

    • xtasy 11.1

      Well, there it suddenly is now, above, so what the hell went wrong???

      I am sorry, I get confused. Sometimes things work here, sometimes endless error messages discourage. Well, at least it is communicated, read it, learn, inform yourselves and draw your conclusions, thanks.

  11. xtasy 12

    Sadly some links in the post above do apparently not work. So I can only suggest to try the below ones, or to copy and paste, or to do a google search for the particulars mentioned:

    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/in-print/…/harms-lurk-for-benefit-addicts.aspx
    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/in-print/2012/august-2012/1-august-2012/harms-lurk-for-benefit-addicts.aspx
    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/…/msd-focuses-on-getting-sick-to-work.aspx
    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/news/2010/june-2010/12/msd-focuses-on-getting-sick-to-work.aspx
    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/in…/sick-should-work-for-their-health.aspx
    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/news/2010/june-2010/12/msd-focuses-on-getting-sick-to-work.aspx
    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/…/questioning-the-direction-of-msd-policy.aspx
    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/in-print/2012/august-2012/29-august-2012/questioning-the-direction-of-msd-policy.aspx
    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/in-print/2010/june-2010/30-june-2010/sick-should-work-for-their-health.aspx

    Anyway you will find extremely revealing info about what MSD and their medical advisors “expect” of clients since 2008 now. Is it any surprise that some break down in stress and despair, perhaps commit suicide, drink and drug (more) and in consequence, also combined with financial pressure perhaps even “lash” out at their kids, not knowing what they are doing?

    Just a thought, before the blame round starts!

    [lprent: the … in the middle of the URL is a pretty good indicator. Adding a http:// would help. Too many to fix on a iPad. You need to learn to cut them better. ]

    • xtasy 12.1

      lprent: Thanks for your suggestions. Sadly if using such a copy and pasted link for the ‘NZ Doctor’ publication (available online), does not lead to the actual article I wanted people to find. They apparently want people to register, pay and then log in, as one ends up with that page.

      Yet the articles can be found by copying and pasting the links above (or core part of them) into the search box of Google, Yahoo or Bing, and a search will lead to results, from which the article can be accessed without problems.

      And sorry for my grumpiness and impatience. My nerves are on edge at times, after endless struggles to survive and also working endlessly to raise awareness to certain issues. It is much of an uphill battle.

  12. headbanger 13

    I was interested in the new plans to roll out recognition or child abuse through monitoring and a database. I guess Bennett has read 1984 and liked what she saw – getting neighbour to dob in neighbour, cameras, secret recordings and a lovely big database of the people to keep an eye on.

    Apparently this method is better then that having experts out in the community teaching people who have contact with kids how to recognise early signs of abuse because I remember very clearly that Bennett ‘disestablished’ all of those jobs just a short while ago.

    None of the journalists seemed to notice the irony of breaking up a good system which was working founded on the professional ability of health and education experts, and then replacing it with something punitive, invasive and untested.

    Sigh

    • Well Bloody said M8!

    • xtasy 13.2

      headbanger: “None of the journalists seemed to notice the irony of breaking up a good system which was working founded on the professional ability of health and education experts, and then replacing it with something punitive, invasive and untested.”

      That is what I have been experiencing again and again with journalists whom I contacted re issues and stories. Sadly the majority of the “modern” day msm journalists are rather useless, superficial wannabe idiots. They would often not know a good story and interesting information if they would fall over it!

      Just looking at the front pages of the NZ Herald and other publications instantly shows what shallow lot they are. And when it comes to the poor and beneficiaries, too many of them are biased too, frowning over the either “unfortunate” or perceived “bludgers”.

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  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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    6 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    1 week ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    1 week ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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