web analytics

Rally Against Poverty – join Metiria Turei and Marama Davidson

Written By: - Date published: 6:25 am, September 16th, 2017 - 20 comments
Categories: benefits, class war, Economy, greens, Metiria Turei, poverty, welfare - Tags:

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. Now, more than ever, we need to continue the conversation that Metiria started. We know that an Aotearoa where no one lives in poverty is possible. Where Government serves the interests of people, not big business. Where everyone has access to a warm, dry, healthy home and beneficiaries aren’t treated as second class citizens.

Metiria will be joining me, because we must continue to speak the truth about poverty.

More than ever, New Zealanders living below the breadline need a voice. For too long they have been ignored and sidelined in our communities. For too long, privilege and money have determined who can have a say and it’s time to say enough.

Together, we will make sure that Aotearoa knows what we want: To end poverty.

Here is the link to our plan to fix our welfare system:

Facebook event page.

20 comments on “Rally Against Poverty – join Metiria Turei and Marama Davidson ”

  1. roy cartland 1

    <3 Marama

  2. mary_a 2

    “More than ever, New Zealanders living below the breadline need a voice. For too long they have been ignored and sidelined in our communities. For too long, privilege and money have determined who can have a say and it’s time to say enough.”

    Well said Marama. Her statement is the reason I will be giving my party vote to the Greens in this election.

    NZ Greens are desperately needed in a progressive government alongside Labour, working towards relieving the God awful pain inflicted on the nation’s growing impoverished!

    Party vote Green.

  3. greywarshark 3

    I agree with everything you say. Don’t know what roy cartland means?

    Get people above poverty level, and give them and the economy a boost. Let’s milk the dairy farmers for a change, and get more of their bounty back into the low income streets, for shoes, medical care and prescriptions, opportunities to go on two weekend camps a year with parents (fresh air and some enjoyment), educational help and uniforms etc., special transport cards for bennies.

    • Macro 3.1

      grey – What Roy is indicating with his comment is this “❤️ Marama”
      If you twist your heard to the right and look at <3 you will see that it is sort of like a heart. In some online message boards that translates into the emoticon I have used above. I'm sure Roy is not the only one amongst us who thinks Marama is pretty awesome.

      • greywarshark 3.1.1

        Thanks Macro
        I just didn’t recognise the icony thing. I have tried attempts at creative lettering too but this needed explanation.

        Marama is okay, and I think I heard that she was from the Rawiri Paratene whanau so double okay.

        • Macro

          If you go to the edit menu in Chrome (or whatever browser you use) choose the Special Characters – then you have a whole raft of things you can insert.
          Or you can go here* and use these which Lynn has thoughtfully provided:


          *Note that I didn’t use the link thing because I wanted to show you that it was a link to a page on The Standard. 🙂

          • greywarshark

            Thanks Macro – I remember I had the problem once when I tried to refer to The Standard’s icons system. Thanks for help

  4. Carolyn_nth 4

    Train to Papatoetoe. #31 bus from Papatoetoe Station, Opp 27 Shirley Rd
    Stop 6480, to Otara Town Centre.

  5. Macro 5

    Would love to be there – but unfortunately have an important prior arrangement. However a rep from our family is travelling up with Catherine D for the afternoon, so will hear all about it. 🙂

  6. Macro 6

    Sounds like it is going to be a fun event – bands and all sorts of things going on! Gee wish I was there. 🙁
    However I’ve got a fun event to attend tonight so shouldn’t be greedy..

  7. Carolyn_nth 7

    It was great to be at the rally, and hear from people dealing with those who are homeless and on benefits.

    A tweet from a guy I don’t know with some images from the event.

    And the event was a corrective for anyone still thinking the Green Party is solely of and for white middle class folk.

    When I arrived at Otara Town Centre, there was a group of young brown women with Green Party, and “I stand with Metiria” placards, out on the corner of the main road.

    There was an array of speakers, poets and a singer or two.

    Metiria sounded like she hasn’t missed a beat since standing down from GP leadership. She got a strong positive and loud response. And talks like she will be keeping up the struggle to end poverty for a very long time.

    A woman spoke of her work providing food and materials for the homeless in South Auckland. She said she wasn’t political, but was becoming political, largely because of the work of Marama Davidson in the area/Manurewa, with the homeless and beneficiaries. She said Marama worked beside her, giving food to the homeless, without seeming to be scared of, or negative about them.

    • Carolyn_nth 7.1

      One of the important things that one of the speakers said was that voting is not the end of political participation: that what happens between elections is very important.

      Over the last few years, coverage and public awareness of homelessness and poverty has grown. This is probably due to a mix of the way these are impacting on the middle classes, and on the visibility of homelessness on our streets. A bit part has also been played by organisations like the Child Poverty Action group, and Auckland Action Against Poverty.

      The volunteers working in South Auckland with the homeless and beneficiaries have also strengthened political understanding of the issues on the ground – and increased the GP profile in Sth Auckland, and amongst those who work with the homeless and beneficiaries.

      The guy from Auckland Action Against Poverty said that they have worked every Friday providing advocacy for about 130/50 people outside the WINZ office. The queues for support start at 5.30am. The people requiring support are predominantly brown women, showing the impact of the failure to honour Te Tiriti.

  8. A very modest amount of interest here and a modest turnout at the rally – RNZ say 150 – suggests that it may not just be the welfare system that’s broken, but the Green system looks to be in need of reassessment and repair.

    Revolution rarely happens from the political fringes. In a democratic country you have to win popular support, and Green popularity has collapsed with their poverty power play.

    Greens could still end up in Government, but that would be with a whimper and thanks to Labour.

    To have a popular people’s movement you need to first promote popular policies and become popular. And have a popular leader helps, as Labour have discovered. Shaw is very capable but not charismatic.

    It’s worth remembering that a real battler for the battlers, Sue Bradford, got beaten by Metiria and deserted the Greens.

    Marama Davidson has been an MP less than two years and was fast tracked up the green pecking order, but I don’t think she will be widely popular.

    She has failed to fire this campaign, maybe that’s lack of experience, or maybe her style of social justice campaigning just isn’t attractive to the strugglers in our society. She couldn’t pull much of a crowd in Otara – most of those in attendance were probably party faithful trying to put on a show.

    A lot to think about for the Greens and their future – if they’re prepared to look and think outside their bubble.

    • Union city greens 8.1

      @ Moderators

      This post isn’t going to encourage debate. It’s just a bitter, revenge troll post.
      Can you not just ban this sad old fart now and be done with it?

  9. Carolyn_nth 9

    The Rally got some very good coverage from the mainstream media. There were quite a lot of video and photo cameras present.


    RNZ: Turei tells Green’s poverty rally welfare system broken

    NZ Herald, which said:

    “When did we decide that our country would be so mean? So unfair?” Turei said. “That solo mothers and their babies and the working poor grandparents taking care of grandkids should have to suffer so much just for a decent life?

    “We never decided that. That was never our choice, was it? And now we’ve got the opportunity to fix it.”

    Turei said the Greens were the only party taking poverty seriously in New Zealand. In a subtle dig at National and Labour, she said her party would go further than just measuring or reducing poverty.

    It’s interesting that the mainstream media tend to focus on the presence of the celebrity Robyn Malcolm. I guess she provides a connection that the MSM can relate to. But I’m disappointed the MSM did not also report on the devastating stories we heard, and the courageous work of advocates and volunteers on the ground.

    Malcolm’s message was a very good one, however. She spoke to the comfortable middle classes and poverty-deniers. From the NZ Herald article:

    Malcolm also spoke at the rally. In a speech which veered between comedy and anger, she said the idea that New Zealand was prosperous and happy was a myth.

    “Has anyone seen that stupid Air New Zealand ad that they play on the planes at the moment … with some B-grade Hollywood stars representing New Zealand?

    “I sit on the plane and think what country are they talking about? They’re all wearing white and looking at rainbows and clear waters and clear streams and everybody’s happy and lovely and everybody’s got their happy, lovely plate of kale and we’re all just a lovely bunch of wealthy, happy New Zealanders sitting down here at the bottom of the world.

    “And it’s bulls***.”

    She cited an Australian documentary-maker who recently visited New Zealand and said he had no idea there were so many homeless people in Auckland.

    “I was reminded of one of those – I can’t remember his name – … from the Business Roundtable who made a big song and dance about the really poor people messing up Queen Street.

    “I thought, this is not my country. These are not my people.”

    She gave several examples on this theme, including mentioning the poem she had seen this week by someone complaining about Labour going to tax their boat, caravan, etc – that Malcolm referred to as “toys”. She repeated her refrain: “this is not my country. These are not my people.”.

    But when she talked of people caring for and helping those in need, she said “This is my country; these are my people”. She said that this is what she wanted to see people voting for – to help others in need, and not in their own selfish interests.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Twenty highlights of 2020
    As we welcome in the new year, our focus is on continuing to keep New Zealanders safe and moving forward with our economic recovery. There’s a lot to get on with, but before we say a final goodbye to 2020, here’s a quick look back at some of the milestones ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka
    The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Better care for babies with tongue-tie
    Babies born with tongue-tie will be assessed and treated consistently under new guidelines released by the Ministry of Health, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. Around 5% to 10% of babies are born with a tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, in New Zealand each year. At least half can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prisoner disorder event at Waikeria Prison over
    The prisoner disorder event at Waikeria Prison is over, with all remaining prisoners now safely and securely detained, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. The majority of those involved in the event are members of the Mongols and Comancheros. Five of the men are deportees from Australia, with three subject to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test for travellers from the UK and the US from 15 January
    Travellers from the United Kingdom or the United States bound for New Zealand will be required to get a negative test result for COVID-19 before departing, and work is underway to extend the requirement to other long haul flights to New Zealand, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. “The new PCR test requirement, foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PM congratulates New Year Honour recipients
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has added her warm congratulations to the New Zealanders recognised for their contributions to their communities and the country in the New Year 2021 Honours List. “The past year has been one that few of us could have imagined. In spite of all the things that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • David Parker congratulates New Year 2021 Honours recipients
    Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment David Parker has congratulated two retired judges who have had their contributions to the country and their communities recognised in the New Year 2021 Honours list. The Hon Tony Randerson QC has been appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Year’s Honours highlights outstanding Pacific leadership through challenging year
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the New Year’s Honours List 2021 highlights again the outstanding contribution made by Pacific people across Aotearoa. “We are acknowledging the work of 13 Pacific leaders in the New Year’s Honours, representing a number of sectors including health, education, community, sports, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Supporting seniors to embrace technology
    The Government’s investment in digital literacy training for seniors has led to more than 250 people participating so far, helping them stay connected. “COVID-19 has meant older New Zealanders are showing more interest in learning how to use technology like Zoom and Skype so they can to keep in touch ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional COVID-19 tests for returnees from higher risk countries
    New virus variants and ongoing high rates of diseases in some countries prompt additional border protections Extra (day zero or day one) test to be in place this week New ways of reducing risk before people embark on travel being investigated, including pre-departure testing for people leaving the United Kingdom ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago