The society that we have created here in NZ has tragically let down Daniel Bindner (found dead a few days ago in a recycling bale of compressed cardboard), his three children and the rest of his family, and the workers at OJI Fibre Solutions, in a very horrific and fucked up way.
I wonder if Mr Bindner may previously had accommodation via the dairy farm he was working on, before he was ‘let go’ due to cost cutting.
In my view this country desperately needs dozens of additional and easily accessible mens’ shelter beds as an interim step to preventing additional tragedies and hardship.
From the NZ Herald today:
“We know that he had recently been sleeping rough and indications are that he most likely climbed into a waste bin in Te Awamutu to seek shelter,” Mr Jones said.
“We believe a recycling truck has collected the bin the following morning and Mr Bindner died at some point in the recycling process.”
Absolutely horrific. And previously from Stuff:
Daniel Bindner had worked on a Te Awamutu dairy farm as an assistant for two years before he was made redundant as the farm owner looked to cut costs as a result of the low payout. The 40-year-old was last seen a week before workers at a Hamilton recycling plant discovered the father of three’s body in a compressed bale of cardboard.
Waikato Rural Support Trust chairman Neil Bateup said while the trust had received lots of calls from farmers seeking help due to circumstances related to the fall in milk price, to his knowledge there had been none specifically about farmers losing their job or being made homeless.