Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 5th, 2017 - 50 comments
You could vote for three more years of “brighter future”. Or you could listen to the nurses.
Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, March 8th, 2017 - 93 comments
The IMF warns that our household debt is far too high, as desperate tenants start raiding the Kiwisaver accounts to pay the rent.
Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, February 8th, 2017 - 61 comments
“The absence of any meaningful progress in reducing child poverty rates over the past decade—and the lack of interest by Government in using welfare and income support programmes to do so—points to wilful indifference toward the long-term personal and social impacts of this avoidable harm.”
Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, January 10th, 2017 - 12 comments
Already sky-high Auckland rents are set to rise further.
Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, November 6th, 2016 - 83 comments
This really happened. Contains crimes against music, dance, fashion, and irony. Also some recent headlines from “John Key’s Paradise”…
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, August 20th, 2016 - 58 comments
Metro: “The National-led government — with its laissez-faire approach to homelessness, house prices and mass immigration — is sailing into a ferocious storm. A newly critical mainstream media and a resurgent opposition is a powerful mix.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 6th, 2016 - 291 comments
Al Jazeera: Once a pioneer of the social welfare state, New Zealand now has over 40,000 people who are homeless, forced to live in their cars and in garages as a result of rapid house price and rent rises and a shortage of social housing. Al Jazeera … charts the country’s fall from and egalitarian society to one with deep divisions of wealth
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 2nd, 2016 - 104 comments
NZ under National is being used internationally as an example of a bad welfare system.
Do we care? Are we going to fix it?
Written By: - Date published: 3:35 pm, July 30th, 2016 - 59 comments
Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, July 26th, 2016 - 28 comments
National pays electoral homage to our vulnerable children. They talk a big game about putting “the needs of our most vulnerable children and families at the centre of decisions”. Their actions tell a different story – of under-funding at CYF and falling numbers of social workers.
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, July 21st, 2016 - 204 comments
The government is demolishing and selling state house while WINZ sends families to live in garages. This is New Zealand in the Eighth Year of the Brighter Future.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, July 15th, 2016 - 22 comments
As part of their “comprehensive” response to the housing crisis, the Nats are backing off their promise to increase the number of social housing places. Great news for those families sleeping in cars tonight.
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, July 2nd, 2016 - 38 comments
Interesting pieces recently on “post-truth” politics. They rightly tear strips off Key and a government that lies and denies reflexively and at all levels, and has been doing so for eight long years.
Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, July 1st, 2016 - 45 comments
— Deborah Russell
Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, June 29th, 2016 - 56 comments
Inequality in NZ is the worst it’s been in a decade. Key’s response is pathetic. We need to vote to end suck-up economics. We need to be a better country than this.
Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, June 25th, 2016 - 45 comments
“Poverty NZ’s ‘new normal’ – report”. “Food bank pantries bare, emergency food grant dropping – report”. “NZ egalitarian? That’s a pretty little lie”. Hello – National supporters – where do you think this is going to end?
Written By: - Date published: 1:10 pm, June 8th, 2016 - 68 comments
Why are we spending so much money on “defense” when there are so many real and urgent needs? It is hard to imagine that our “enemies” could possibly do us more damage than we are inflicting on ourselves.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 3rd, 2016 - 19 comments
The Marae providing practical support to the homeless in Auckland needs our help. You can donate at the Givealittle page here. It is shameful that this is needed in NZ, but there it is, this is what the Brighter Future looks like.
Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, May 26th, 2016 - 84 comments
Live coverage of the budget starts around 2pm.
Well that was boring.
Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, May 24th, 2016 - 27 comments
One year later Nick Smith has delivered three quarters of 1% of his promised 430 ha of new Auckland housing land. The Brighter Future strikes again.