Written By: - Date published: 3:39 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 39 comments
With the current dialog about welfare, It is time to look at the people who are the real beneficiaries, of the welfare system.
Who use the educated and healthy workforce our system provides
The people who say “everyone should stand on their own two feet”, “you don’t work you don’t eat”, and “take personal responsibility”,
The business sector.
Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, August 14th, 2017 - 157 comments
Punitive welfare settles into a new low.
Written By: - Date published: 1:08 pm, August 13th, 2017 - 77 comments
National has announced its policy to deal with youth crime by reannouncing a military service scheme that already exists, proposing a special category for young offenders that will have some young people seek that status and by proposing to fine parents who can’t keep their kids home at night.
Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, August 10th, 2017 - 89 comments
“We will not forget the thousands of you who came to us with your stories of hardship”
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 pm, August 9th, 2017 - 94 comments
Two polls out tonight show a big surge for Labour and Jacinda Ardern. But we need a strong Green vote too. To those whom Metiria inspired – please don’t give up on voting. The Greens need you now more than ever!
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, August 9th, 2017 - 24 comments
Last night all the excitement finally caught up with them, leading to calls for Paddy Gower to resign and for MSM organisations to delete their social media accounts.
Written By: - Date published: 2:58 pm, August 7th, 2017 - 17 comments
A major piece by Jessica McAllen in The Listener out today. Cash-strapped hospitals are using unsafe hardware-store versions of proper surgical-grade equipment, and reusing “single use” devices.
Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, August 5th, 2017 - 208 comments
“there’s one standard for women who were fighting their way out of poverty and another for rich people who know they won’t really get called to account for their own personal histories so long as everyone involved keeps quiet.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, August 4th, 2017 - 247 comments
Metiria Turei speaks from the heart about how hard it is to be on welfare, and the need for a more compassionate, caring welfare system.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, August 1st, 2017 - 19 comments
Current polls leave National/minor and Labour/Green both short of majority. The chances of NZF determining the shape of the next government are increasing. I’ve always assumed that Peters would go with National, but maybe not, if NZF members get a say.
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, July 29th, 2017 - 181 comments
There are basically two kinds of reaction to Metiria’s bombshell, the practiced “outrage’ of the usual political operatives, and the support of the ordinary people. I think that the louder the operatives shout, the more that people are going to side with the under-dog.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 27th, 2017 - 324 comments
Graham Cameron cuts through the obsession over fraud to the cultural values of the last 30 years and the fear beneath.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 26th, 2017 - 41 comments
Most people would be shocked to learn that each WINZ case manager is assigned the target of getting a certain number of people off the benefit every month. This is one of the reasons why we have such a punitive and aggressive welfare system. Fewer than half of those removed from the benefit go to jobs. The Nats neither know nor care what happens to the rest, but links to the rising number of homeless and our shocking suicide statistics should be investigated.
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, July 25th, 2017 - 25 comments
Bruce Munro’s excellent piece in the ODT, looks in to the truth behind the Nats’ job numbers: “It does not take much digging in Statistics New Zealand’s latest Household Labour Force Survey to uncover a growing world of low-paid work, insufficient working hours, financial struggles and unfulfilled lives”.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 24th, 2017 - 24 comments
The Nats have U-turned on their immigration restrictions. It must come with better protection for migrant workers. The way we exploit them in NZ is shameful.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, July 23rd, 2017 - 14 comments
Collins’ excuse is just waffle. Why won’t the Nats follow Australia and UK in a crackdown on multinational tax avoidance?
Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, July 22nd, 2017 - 127 comments
* in a list of developed nations for homelessness.
Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, July 20th, 2017 - 27 comments
According to Morning Report the Nats are calling Labour’s budget for more spending on health and education “a plan to waste more money”. Tell it to the people who can’t afford private alternatives and depend on the public systems.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 20th, 2017 - 35 comments
If you know that feeling of dread when you get a WINZ letter, or if you’ve had roiling anxiety from being ‘called in’ for a WINZ interview, or sighed with relief when the letter from WINZ turns out to be a replacement community services card, then follow #IamMetiria. And if you just don’t recognise those, then you might want to follow #IamMetiria to find out why others do…
Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, July 19th, 2017 - 75 comments
If you’ve ever left a WINZ office crying because you asked for help and were humiliated instead
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 18th, 2017 - 39 comments
The political hills are echoing with the aftermath of Meteri Turei’s confession of lying to WINZ, and Paula Bennett’s conciliatory and very precisely worded claim of not having done so “deliberately”. A good time to revisit the topic of benefit fraud vs white collar crime / tax evasion.
Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, July 17th, 2017 - 241 comments
Turei’s admission that she lied to WINZ back in the day was a political gamble. It could resonate with a big chunk of non-voters – here’s a politician that’s just like us – has been through what we’re going through. On the other hand it gives the usual mean-spirited righties a club to beat her with. Interesting that Paula Bennett is treading so lightly round the issue.