Written By: - Date published: 6:11 pm, October 18th, 2017 - 18 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: 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: 2:02 pm, September 27th, 2017 - 47 comments
SaveMart employees were made to sort bales of filthy clothing dumped in Child Cancer charity bins without safety gloves. Unionized workers at New Lynn were sacked for contacting their union about it. Why did it require so much public pressure to get them reinstated? Why are our laws so inadequete?
Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, September 26th, 2017 - 126 comments
What she did wasn’t a mistake.
Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 17 comments
Reason #4637 why we need to change the government – Midwife reprimanded after speaking out about abuse and neglect in South Auckland
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 21st, 2017 - 72 comments
Ardern’s jab that English “discovered poverty last week” was the line of the debate. After the election National will forget it again just as quickly, if the record of the last nine years is anything to go by. Do you want to vote for that?
Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, September 20th, 2017 - 48 comments
The Greens have a fully costed plan of their goals for New Zealand’s future. Anything but boring, this is bold vision, progressive values, and detailed planning as well as solid economics for the fiscal geeks.
Written By: - Date published: 6:20 am, September 20th, 2017 - 49 comments
Stunningly depressing piece by Kirsty Johnston in The Herald yesterday – Number of New Zealand children hospitalised with malnutrition doubles as food costs bite.
Proud of your legacy, National?
Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, September 16th, 2017 - 8 comments
A guest post by @invisiphilia on the recent Mahinarangi Forbes interview on the Hui on the abuse of children in foster care and why the Government is wrong in refusing to have a proper independent inquiry into what went wrong.
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: 3:38 pm, September 15th, 2017 - 8 comments
The Greens have a plan to end poverty now.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 15th, 2017 - 147 comments
If you want to know exactly how, then read on.
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: 7:57 am, September 10th, 2017 - 98 comments
Bill English has finally committed the Government to doing something about Child poverty. But why has he and National taken so long?
Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, August 24th, 2017 - 14 comments
After nine long years the election is forcing National to acknowledge the poverty in NZ. Bill English is promising to throw money at bootcamps and “social investment” (targeting) – but he hasn’t read his own PREFU.
Written By: - Date published: 7:06 pm, August 19th, 2017 - 27 comments
Excuses/reasons, for not doing anything about children in poverty.
This is a re-post from 2013. Unfortunately the need to talk about poverty is even greater now.
Written By: - Date published: 3:39 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 48 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: 7:13 am, August 16th, 2017 - 68 comments
A must read Guest Post for anyone thinking about poverty and welfare this election – a former social scientist turned welfare beneficiary speaks out on WINZ’s state-sponsored neglect of more than 84,000 long-term disabled New Zealanders.
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: 8:12 am, August 9th, 2017 - 27 comments
It’s time to hear what poor people have to say about being poor.
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: 8:15 am, July 21st, 2017 - 29 comments
The catholic bishops of Aotearoa have released a pamphlet urging parishoners to vote. And apart from conservative positions on euthenasia and drug liberalisation the policies they support have a decidedly progressive bent.
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