Written By: - Date published: 6:12 am, March 14th, 2018 - 28 comments
The Standard regular commenter Macro takes a look at the state of food security in NZ
Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, February 12th, 2018 - 50 comments
Two people playing at being poor as part of a sociopolitical stance on economics has angered many New Zealanders.
Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, February 8th, 2018 - 212 comments
The sick and twisted thing about right wing politics is that tories like a certain level of unemployment because competition for jobs is essential for keeping wages low. Then they treat the inevitable victims of this like it’s all people’s own fault. This is the single biggest reason why I don’t buy into the narrative […]
Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, February 1st, 2018 - 74 comments
In a major speech yesterday on poverty, Prime Minister Ardern has laid out fully and forthrightly what is the problem and what need to be done.
Written By: - Date published: 1:48 pm, January 30th, 2018 - 116 comments
Bill English has criticised the Government for only offering an officer briefing on the day that legislation is due to be introduced into Parliament. But appears to have forgotten an offer made by Jacinda Ardern 48 days ago.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, December 31st, 2017 - 20 comments
In Australia the Murdoch press has chosen the Christmas down period to try and whip up some anti beneficiary hysteria. Jim Parker from the blog Failed Estate calmly dissects the figures and concludes there is no reason for concern.
Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, December 11th, 2017 - 5 comments
Artist activist group We are Beneficiaries are writing a report to share the stories they’ve been collecting from beneficiaires with the new Ministers to help make a case for change.
Written By: - Date published: 6:44 am, December 8th, 2017 - 109 comments
Misleading the NZ public about a political party, its policy, and how government works actively harms democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, December 2nd, 2017 - 78 comments
The tories seem to have found a new angle on the government’s removal of benefit sanctions that punish the children of beneficiaries who don’t name both parents. Now Louise Upston is saying National opposes the change because it’s not fair on children who will lose their right to a family connection. I think this is […]
Written By: - Date published: 6:42 am, November 10th, 2017 - 111 comments
What happens to long term beneficiaries who can’t increase their income with paid work?
Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, November 8th, 2017 - 88 comments
When they said they wanted to eradicate poverty, I didn’t suspect they simply meant to expunge the word.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, October 26th, 2017 - 85 comments
Lawyer and journalist Catriona MacLennan explains the details of a case before the High Court this week. Anyone who wants to understand how the Ministry of Social Development and WINZ are utterly failing as a government department needs to read this.
Written By: - Date published: 6:11 pm, October 18th, 2017 - 19 comments
Most viewed story on the Guardian website today: “New Zealand library cracks case of missing books.” Turns out some of Auckland’s 23,000 homeless were hiding bookmarked books in odd places so they wouldn’t lose their place. The library will now keep their books safe. Good on them. Finding homes for homeless must be a high priority for Aotearoa’s next government.
Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, October 18th, 2017 - 4 comments
A post about the responsibility to advocate for change in a visible way.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 4th, 2017 - 66 comments
“It is not okay that nearly everyone I have advocated for at WINZ, has broken down in tears during appointments and have often been close to a panic attack. Most people I advocate for at WINZ unanimously tell me it is a humiliating and utterly defeating experience.” – political writer and community activist Chloe King.
Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, September 26th, 2017 - 126 comments
What she did wasn’t a mistake.
Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, September 19th, 2017 - 97 comments
Safety nets should be for all people and the best way to ensure that is to design them for social need not as economic tools. Despite Gareth Morgan’s assertion that policy is everything, The Opportunities Party has managed to create a youth policy that is discriminatory.
Written By: - Date published: 6:25 am, September 16th, 2017 - 20 comments
Saturday 16 Sept 2.30pm, Otara Town Centre, South Auckland. Let’s all come together to rally for our communities that have been at the forefront on the fight to end poverty.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 11th, 2017 - 67 comments
The Greens have a comprehensive, detailed plan for NZ on what to do about climate change that works through transforming the economy, ending poverty, and protecting the environment.
Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, September 10th, 2017 - 28 comments
Beneficiaries are not getting the support that they are entitled to. NZ is beset by rising poverty, its associated diseases, homelessness, and suicide. I wonder if these facts could possibly be related?
Written By: - Date published: 2:12 pm, September 7th, 2017 - 36 comments
This government will know that 50,000 people already want help with drug addiction but cannot get it. They have had 9 years to give a shit. This “bash the beneficiary drug addict” is a ridiculous response to a real, and growing, health problem.
Written By: - Date published: 5:03 pm, September 6th, 2017 - 20 comments
After the first in her series of articles inviting a bank economist to analyse and comment upon Labour’s spending promises, tomorrow she turns to the second in the series with a close analysis of National’s promises.