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WINZ: where hope and dignity go to die

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 4th, 2017 - 66 comments
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This post by Chloe King is cross posted from millennialposse.wordpress.com


I’ve just come from a WINZ (Work and Income New Zealand) office out in East Auckland, I often go as an advocate for people on welfare. I do this because I know going it alone, mostly, means you will be denied entitlements, often leave empty handed and likely, humiliated. The person who I supported today, I will call Emma (most people on welfare would rather stay anonymous when I ask if I can write about them). Emma, had had her benefit sanctioned because she was unable to attend a few scheduled appointments with her WINZ caseworker. We discovered later that an IRD (Inland Revenue) error was at the centre of this ordeal.

Over the last year Emma, has undergone two major surgeries: one on her neck, another on her elbow, leaving her in constant pain and on heavy pain meds. On top of this, a few years ago she was diagnosed with early onset arthritis in addition to injuries to her nerves and spine. Her ongoing health issues make working incredibly hard because she can’t predict when she will have good days and when she will be stuck at home in chronic pain. She still can’t lift anything heavier than a milk jug, can’t sit in a fixed position for any period of time, and suffers from insomnia that will often keep her awake for 40 hours or more. That’s when the seizures start. Her health issues impact and compound her mental health which just adds to her brain fog.  Depression, the physical pain and the concoction of pills Emma is on to control her physical pain, make it hard to think clearly and just remember day-to-day things – like those all important WINZ appointments.

Between all the physical and emotional hurdles which Emma faces every-single-day of her life, she missed six scheduled appointments at WINZ. She was operating under the information she’d previously been given; that she needed to submit a medical certificate every three months and have a yearly review. Emma didn’t realise she wasn’t in compliance and as such, her benefit was sanctioned and cut to the bone. Resulting in her missing rent, having no money for food, and barely managing to get by. Because what better way to kick someone in the guts who is already struggling, than to to cut them off economically?

I want to say right now, right here: I feel welfare sanctions are a cruel form of (economic) punishment which are punitively administered for the smallest slights of ‘bad behaviour’. Which include (but are not limited to): forgetting or being unable to make a scheduled appointment, failing a drug test (seriously, don’t tell me *you* as a fully employed person, has never ever smoked a bit of dope, dropped a pill in the weekend, or downed a wine or three every other night), and refusing to take a job that may or may not be suitable for you.

If you want to get a welfare sanction lifted you are required to go and plead your case, to whatever caseworker has been assigned to you at the next available appointment. Either that or risk missing even more rent payments and then in turn, risk joining the 40,000 people in Aotearoa, who are homeless and living on the streets.

The WINZ appointment we had wasn’t exactly the worst I have attended. I’ve had caseworkers out right lie to me, make up WINZ policy, and actively yell in my face for calling them out on their bullshit and lies. It is always luck of the draw when it comes to WINZ: will the caseworker have empathy or will sociopathy be their preferred state of being? Who knows? But luckily this particular caseworker operated from a place of semi-empathy and reinstated her benefit with back-pay. When I asked for a food grant for Emma, the casework granted it without forcing us to jump through moral hoops. Being poor is now an individual and moral issue; not a structural or state issue.

I am just going to put-it out there and get all radical: No one in this damn country should be forced to beg for food. However, every single  day those on welfare are forced to do just that; beg for their most basic entitlements.  Only a few weeks ago RadioNZ reported that over 200 million worth of WINZ entitlements had been denied to tens-of-thousands of beneficiaries,

“The figures were in a report obtained by Newsub’s The Nation under the Official Information Act.

It showed 150,000 beneficiaries and low income families were not getting payments totalling $200m a year that they were entitled to.”

More often than not when I ask for a food grant the caseworker will demand the person in need of food justify why they deserve it and ask what happened to any extra dole money they had. Oh, I don’t know? Lack of dole cash might have something to do with the cold, hard, and shitty fact that WINZ payments are so low it barely pays rent let alone guarantees the basics like: food.

I talked to a sole mum on WINZ a few months ago who had recently discovered dumpster diving. She was so excited about it all because as she told me “I now have food security. I know I can find food no matter what. My family will not go hungry.” Ya’ fucking know our country is fucked when a sole mum is finding hope at the bottom of a trash can. And food security means going through bins at the backs of gourmet supermarkets like Farro to avoid going hungry.

In the end we got a food grant, we re-instated Emma’s welfare payments and got back-pay. We still have to go and print out some IRD material to get everything fixed up, which it seems WINZ can’t manage in an office full of printers. I am hoping tonight she has a tiny bit of economic breathing space. But what worries me the most is the despair and the sheer terror so many people I support at WINZ are feeling, this includes Emma. She bluntly summarised to me, her experiences with WINZ:

“Constant, exhausting terror, dulling your cognitive abilities because you’re in perpetual fight/flight mode.”

On the way home from WINZ, Emma told me she had come up with a ‘Plan B’ if she couldn’t sort out the WINZ sanctions. This plan was simple in execution: she was going to take her own life. She told me she didn’t want to “come across as dramatic” but she couldn’t see any other way out of it.

I understand what I just typed is heavy and hard; suicide is always a tough and painful subject. But I think we need a compassionate and public conversation around the very real and deep trauma that our State Social Systems are causing so many people. Like, forcing people to live off so little they are picking food out of a bin to gain food security is not okay. It is not fucking okay that every damn time I go to a WINZ office, caseworkers are actively making up policy. Even the ‘semi-empathetic’ caseworker we got today, still, lied and told Emma it was part of her “WINZ obligation that [she] come for an appointment once a month.” That isn’t true. Tonight, I spoke with an ex WINZ caseworker, who told me,

“What we [WINZ caseworkers] did to beneficiaries was awful… we were encouraged to dehumanise them.”

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.

Being poor, being unemployed, being on welfare, being down on your luck, or struggling with serious health issues like Emma… doesn’t make you less than; it doesn’t suddenly make you sub-human. The fact I even have to type those words as a reminder that, regardless, of what economic and social position you hold, you are still a human being, makes me incredibly sad.

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66 comments on “WINZ: where hope and dignity go to die ”

  1. One Anonymous Bloke 1

    Should “I was just following National Party orders” be a defence against charges of human rights violations?

    • Morrissey 1.1

      Sadly, the regime was as just as cruel and judgemental under the last Labour government.

      • Delia 1.1.1

        There has been a culture of coldness for some years, but Labour never applied the harsh sanctions that National has imposed, it also made it harder to speak to WINZ workers easily by forcing appointments weeks in advance..it is all about keeping the public at bay and on the phone. I can never understand why WINZ has never employed trained social workers to deal with disabled, distressed, confused clients, to much to ask eh? It shows us the official culture and I am not a particularly harsh critic of WINZ workers, it is the system that is tough.

        • weka 1.1.1.1

          +1

          When I first came into contact with the system it was the Ministry of Social Welfare. The shift to Work and Income NZ (1990s) was significant and a potent symbology of what was to come.

        • Bill 1.1.1.2

          The idea that a state should make some provisions available to ensure a level of welfare for everyone in society runs counter to ideologies that rest on notions of “opportunity” and “personal choice”.

          Both NZ Labour and National adhere to such an ideology.

          The best that can be hoped for, as long as that remains the case, is that an occasional dumpling will be provided with the gruel that’s unwillingly dished up to society’s “undeserving poor”.

          See. Bill English apparently doesn’t know what Jim Bolger meant when he said “neo-liberalism” had failed (I guess it’s just the natural order to Bill) and Jacinda Ardern echoing that refrain, reckons that “neo-liberalism” has nothing to do with economic settings, but that it ‘just happens’ to people.

          We’s kinda fucked while that mentality or degree of stupidity makes government level economic decisions that have consequences for people.

      • weka 1.1.2

        “Sadly, the regime was as just as cruel and judgemental under the last Labour government.”

        I don’t think so. Labour certainly did some shitty stuff and need to be held to account for that, but the Bennett reforms took things to a whole new level.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.3

        No, it wasn’t. It was less cruel and judgemental. They’d break your arms, but at least they wouldn’t stab you.

        • Richard@Downsouth 1.1.3.1

          I had cancer in 1997… took me til about 2003 to be fit for work… had a job for about 5 years which I had to leave because a new manager at the place bullied me and it got to the point where I couldnt sleep much, and hardly ate… I resigned, and moved towns back to Invercargill… I went and saw WINZ, and they asked why I left the job. I showed them a record of the stuff I’d been put through, and they put me on sickness benefit for 6 weeks with an option for more, if my GP thought it was needed, due to stress…

          I eventually found work for 30~ hours a week, and WINZ topped my pay up depending on my wages… I then found after a couple of years a full time job, and WINZ were helpful, and told me what I could claim to help start my job… this was about 5 years ago…

          I had heard some bad things, but generally about certain case managers, and that in general, I was fairly happy with how I was treated

          Roll on a year ago, and a friend was sick, and had to get forms from the doctor dropped into WINZ, so I offered… I got a 2 minute interrogation at the door by the security guard as ‘You’re not on the appointment list’… followed by a wait of a couple minutes in a queue inside, to be ‘greeted’ by a woman who it seemed just by me being there was ruining her day (she didn’t know me from Adam)… her tone changed when I explained I had just finished work, and was running an errand for a friend who was sick…

          Meantime, the way several staff had talked to people there had concerned me… it was pretty degrading

    • Wensleydale 1.2

      No. As a sentient human being, there should come a point when your conscience — that nagging little voice in the back of your skull that informs you when you’re being shitty to other people — has raised such a howling cacophony of outrage, that you’ve no choice but to pull the pin and say, “No. I will not do this thing anymore. Because it’s wrong.”

      I say ‘should’ because it’s frankly astounding that so many people are seemingly able to tune out that voice.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.2.1

        cf: the Lerner and other experiments: we’re all susceptible, uncomfortable as that thought is.

  2. AB 2

    The ideology is that the individual who needs help is somehow defective, and so needs strict monitoring and control. The effects are shameful.

    The same thinking underlies Bill’s shiny new the ideology of ‘social investment’. It gives the gloss of science to some very old Victorian prejudices – we will identify the defective individuals early on and give them ‘support’.
    It is intended to specifically suppress the thought that maybe the individual is not defective at all (or becomes so only in response to prolonged stress) and that it’s the economic system that needs attention.

  3. DoublePlusGood 3

    “I am just going to put-it out there and get all radical”

    The sad thing is that basic human decency is now radical in our society.

    • Wensleydale 3.1

      Yes, if you advocate for the humane treatment of other people, you’re a leftie, a loony, a communist, an agitator, a trouble-maker and part of the infamous ‘rent-a-mob’ National enjoy dismissively referring to whenever citizens band together to protest some new draconian outrage.

  4. eco maori 4

    You can see by the way national ran this organization that humane is not in the neo liberal’s dictionary’s

  5. Ed 5

    Compulsory viewing on the subject.

  6. Bill 6

    My reckons is that Chloe is writing some really good shit around this these days. Her (your, if you’re reading this thread) “Beyond the Election: on solidarity and building communities of compassion” being a case in point.

    That aside, I’m getting the impression that many, many people are now feeling able to cast aside the ‘cloak of shame’ this society has forced them to wear with regards being poor and seeking a degree of welfare via state mechanisms.

    • jcuknz 6.1

      If you think Labour will be any better you are dreaming as who brought in WFF to make so many of the population a beneficiary But of course they are not benes, just on WFF.

  7. Whispering Kate 7

    Everytime a beneficiary has a negative experience with WINZ and ends up in tears and has panic attacks it is just another layer of negative experience to them that compounds over time into post stress trauma. I know from personal experience with a family member that it sets back their recovery of whatever predicament they are in – illness, unemployment. They panic each benefit day their money won’t be there to support them. It just is a never ending horror story for them.

    To hear from Chloe that a person she was advocating for was contemplating ending it all isn’t unusual, in fact it is a daily event in this country and why wouldn’t these persecuted people not feel like finishing it all. We have experienced this in our family with suicide attempts, one which we didn’t think our loved one would recover from.

    If there is a Goddess looking after us, please let her kick this pack of heathens out of Government. There is a very good editorial in the Herald today about tribalism and how devotees of any one ideology will wear blinkers and refuse to accept anything negative about their favoured political party – I know this to be true with people I know who cannot accept or will listen to anything negative about this corrupt administration we have in right now.

    WINZ needs a new culture of empathy, please let it be soon.

    • Punk Is Bread 7.1

      +100!

    • Bob 7.2

      Hear hear Kate, well said.

    • tracey 7.3

      Really well said Kate

      The cynic in me says a dead beneficary is seen as a reduction in people on the benefit…

      Tolley says MSD does not keep stats on how many WINZ clients take their own lives. Makes me wonder why not.

      • Craig H 7.3.1

        The Ministry of Health have that information even if MSD don’t.

        • weka 7.3.1.1

          They probably don’t have records of who are WINZ clients though. I’m guessing they list occupation and lots of WINZ clients will have their occupation as their part time job, not beneficiary.

    • jcuknz 7.4

      I disagree Kate as we need to change National …they are already have come a fair way to the left pushing ‘the left’ to extremities.
      Some more pushing/encouragement and they could keep the country on an even keel while looking after those in need better.
      While a government of national unity with nats plus lab could be an solution .
      The country needs the experience and common sense of National with a levening of compassion.
      I will continue to support National as I have done since ACT proved its worthlessness until I see sense in the ‘left’ and not just feelings.
      Rage at the injustices perpetrated by case managers should not obscure the fact that the country needs to be economically successful to look after its people and the people need to show responsibility to justify that care.

      • Ed 7.4.1

        There is no alternative……we’ve heard that lie for 35 years.
        And you still believe it.
        Oh well……

        • jcuknz 7.4.1.1

          Of course there is an alternative but one must be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
          I started thinking about this around 1963 when I came upon Bill Sutch’s writing … in those days as a renter I was mainly interested in housing but as I looked and saw our society develop I have ideas on numerous aspects of life … The Responsible Society.

          • Ed 7.4.1.1.1

            Ditch neoliberalism.
            There is no baby.
            Just fetid stagnant toxic bathwater that needs to be rid of after 33 years.

            • miravox 7.4.1.1.1.1

              +1

            • jcuknz 7.4.1.1.1.2

              I do not know what all this ‘neoliberalism’ means but I do believe that if Roger Douglas started it when he saved the country from the Muldoon disaster he did good but unfortunately a guy came along for a cuppa and the moderating social side was not implemented.
              Black or white or in this case blue or red is not an answer of any value but a meld of good economic policy which works with the world we have to deal with coupled with a more compassionate welfare system which is not valued by those running it on how much they save but how well people are treated.

  8. Kevin 8

    This happened a couple of months ago.

    The person involved, turned ups to her WINZ appointment on time and was waiting. Because WINZ actively discourage having your children there, she had paid someone to mind her two preschoolers.

    Whilst sitting in the waiting area she was able to see the case manager who she was supposed to see (open plan office). This person just carried on working and my friend was left waiting. She spoke to the receptionist and asked if she could phone the case manager to tell her her appointment was here.

    The receptionist phoned three times and the case manager never picked up the phone.
    After an hour my friend had to leave to pick up her children.

    Later that day she got one of the shitty threatening emails from WINZ pointing out the ramifications for missing appointments!

    Turns out the case manager had turned the ringer off on her phone. So more time wasted and more money for babysitter. And they wonder why they are hated so much… or do they?

  9. Trey 9

    On the Herald online this morning there was an article about a woman who committed suicide the day after she recieved a letter saying she was to be prosecuted over recieving benefit over payments amounting to $20,000. This was despite WINZ knowing that she suffered from depression and had been suicidal. Sorry cant link to it as it disappeared very quickly.
    Welcome to Nationals Brighter future that delivers for New Zealanders as long as your white and wealthy.

  10. Delia 10

    Lots of people on benefits consider Plan B, just remove themselves and not have to worry about the welfare system and their own survival.

    • tracey 10.1

      I wonder how many homeless are in this category? Got so sick of the hoop jumping and degradation they decided at least homeless they were in control of life decisions?

      • Macro 10.1.1

        A very large majority tracey.
        Also many just simply cannot manage the paperwork.
        Form filling can be a terrifying experience for many, and especially so for dyslexic.
        But added to that, is the continual rise of housing (and even basic shelter), and the fact that this is no longer given a heavy weighting in the calculation of the CPI. Given the fact that benefits were cast in 1991 at 80% of what would constitute, even then, a subsistence level of living, it is obvious that benefits nowadays, are completely inadequate for even a sub-standard level of living in this country.

  11. Siobhan 11

    It occurs to me that Labour managed to create a Radical Revolution for the benefit of the Economy back in ’84, so, given their regret and repeatedly declared separation from neo liberal ideology, how about Labour running on a platform of Revolution for the People??
    Why not have a clear policy where they state..this is what happens at WINZ under National, this is what we will do to dismantle that culture and policies within 6 months of gaining power.

    How hard could that be, whats stopping them spelling these things out?

    Maybe these are the issues that would attract the missing voters.

    • Sparky 11.1

      You have it in one. Also why no increased taxes for the super rich? I see that’s off the table and why not an emphatic “no” to the TPPA? To my mind they might call themselves Labour but they are a long way from the Labour party I remember as a kid.

    • tracey 11.2

      Because since 84 the brainwashing that if you just work harder you will make lotsa money has taken hold?

      • Ed 11.2.1

        Must be brainwashing because you only have to look to see it’s not true.

        • In Vino 11.2.1.1

          Tracey – I think that the true philosophy was: “If you just work harder at immoral profit-gouging, you will make lotsa money.”
          But for some strange reason, the full version got shortened.

  12. Sparky 12

    Yep the current government have in my opinion been helping to dig this country’s grave over the last nine years but it started way back in the 1980’s when this neo liberal shit first turned up on the scene. The burning question is will an alliance of Labour/Greens/NZF do better? I would hope so but that’s a case of wait and see (assuming it happens at all).

    Personally I do feel we need a total revamp of our political system and in particular an end to the Westmonster model which allows these pricks free reign to pretty much do as they like once elected.

  13. rhinocrates 13

    I used to have terrible panic attacks before and after and some staff are hopelessly inadequate human beings. On the other hand, I’ve dealt for some time now with a case manager who is a very nice, attentive, sympathetic and capable person. That comes down to their personal qualities, but they make it clear that they’re under pressure from above. The system forces inhumanity and callousness.

    Also, my current fairly positive experience is largely due to the fact that I’m permanently on Fluoxetine.

    • Barfly 13.1

      I take enough of that so that I’m only chronically depressed instead of clinically depressed I tried taking a higher dose but it gets hard to get much sleep when there are imaginary people banging on your door most of the time when you nod off .

  14. jaymam 14

    I have advocated at WINZ (or whatever stupid name they have from time to time) for a number of people. It is my impression that WINZ are even more incompetent and ridiculous under a National government.

    One of their clients was alleged to owe $25,000 and they were going to prosecute her. By going carefully through the rules I managed to get the amount reduced to a few thousand. She had been paid slightly over the $80/week limit while helping disabled children for years.

    Another client started work and had been overpaid a benefit by a small amount, about $50. He paid in cash and got a receipt. WINZ sent him a bill every month for many months. Phoning them did no good. They threatened his credit record. I sent a letter and a copy of the receipt to the chief WINZ accountant in Wellington, with a CC to my MP. The demands stopped. Truly WINZ is incompetent and out of control.

    And those damned appointments. I went to WINZ to tell them that I now had a boarder and could no longer claim the Living Alone Super allowance. They said I would have to make an appointment to tell them that. I refused, and handed them the form that I had filled out, which they accepted. As some of you may know, I am much more aggressive than most WINZ clients.

    We need an organisation with advocates like the Combined Beneficiaries Union which seems to have disappeared.

  15. cleangreen 15

    We should have a public prosecuter place a legal case against WINZ for delilection of duty to it’s public clients due to a lack of their duties under the “public servant Act” code.

    Here is the legal interpretation of the function of a public servant.

    Government consists of “public servants”; – these who are our ‘public servants’ should firstly be serving the needs and ‘interests’ including aspirations of their employees who are ‘the public’
    Public service’. 2 :a service rendered in the public interest

    So according to the legal requirements of these ‘public servants’ they are legally required to serve the public interests firstly and not their own needs right?

    Here is the proof;

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20service

    Webster dictonary

    Definition of public service

    1 :the business of supplying a commodity (such as electricity or gas) or service (such as transportation) to any or all members of a community
    2 :a service rendered in the public interest
    3 :governmental employment; especially :civil service

  16. Whispering Kate 16

    I fear that Labour, if they get into power, with a coalition, will not radically change the culture of WINZ. There hasn’t been much policy concerning WINZ coming from them and the Greens, as far as I can ascertain, are the only party which will keep them honest.

    What will it take to make this department called WINZ become a caring and understanding department for people who are vulnerable – I am speaking of the disabled, mentally unwell, people who cannot work. Prior governments have abandoned them and left them to the mercies of rental landlords and living on the streets. Its no wonder the suicide rate is so high, its shameful.

    Families are left to shoulder the burden and its a burden they lovingly take up, inexperienced as they are, but what’s to happen when these parents finally are no longer there to care for their loved ones. We once had a society where one could rest in peace knowing their loved ones were cared for.

    IMO NZ has become a shitty place to live in.

    • greywarshark 16.1

      Not long after the Neo lib government started to get into the swing of how it was going to run down welfare, a woman with an adult son who was mentally incapable of coping on his own, decided to do the decisive thing and not leave him to the merciless grinding system that the government was adopting if she died and he was left with no-one to love and care for him. So she killed him and herself, deeming that it was better to end their joint lives together while they were still reasonably happy, rather than live on with her in fear of his not having suitable, sensitive care.

  17. Andrea 17

    “I fear that Labour, if they get into power, with a coalition, will not radically change the culture of WINZ”

    Is it still free to ‘write to your Congressman’ – Stonewall, MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington – no stamp needed?

    And keep nagging every last miserable constituency representative until their days are made uneasy.

    The whole social welfare set-up is a mess. The total disconnect from ‘market forces’ that keep bumping up the costs of living -even thriftily- until more is going out to Feed the Beast than is coming in to feed the present and future.

    The horror and shame of having to seek any scraping assistance beyond the threadbare basics; the ethos and culture that demands you be totally destitute, with few to no ways out of the pit – it has got to go. Preferably before the ‘world of work’ really starts to change.

    While we’re at it – recognise that the present round of ‘monopoly’ has nearly ended: most people have been forced out and the spectators are looking for a better game to play. Let’s make it happen – for as many as want to.

    • JustPassingThrough 17.1

      Yep, it’s a cultural problem. The attitude of the average WINZ worker is that it’s their money and anyone who walks through the door is out to steal it from them. Personally, I blame Christine Rankin and her “zero-tolerance” towards benefit fraud, for it.

      What’s needed is an independent oversight authority (even a new branch of the court system populated by district court judges) where people can go and make complaints against WINZ, free of charge, and have decisions by WINZ reviewed.

      • jcuknz 17.1.1

        Yes it is a cultural problem dating back to 1990 at least when I boarded a beneficiary and they told me of the ‘war’ between the department and those it ‘helped’.
        I was on the dole for a short time back then after one staff accepting my financial position and paying me the full amount somebody else sent me a letter cutting me back to $7pw. … “You are getting much too much” but without any details.

        • JustPassingThrough 17.1.1.1

          I despise WINZ with a passion.

          Back in the 90’s I got my benefit cut off at least four times due to “clerical” mistakes and each time it took at least a month before it was reinstated with full back payment. That means at a least a month with no income. Fortunately I had a very understanding landlord.

          And every WINZ worker I’ve known personally has had the attitude of “what a shitty job I’ve got I had a guy come in demanding $1000 for an engagement ring … whinge whinge moan moan.” Well whoop-de-do. Police have to put up with being sworn at and spat on and you don’t hear them bitching about it.

  18. Yeah fuck the cunts.

    I wrote a post on an article on The Daily Blog which , is similar in vein.

    I would invite you to read what Kim Isaac wrote as an article.

    GUEST BLOG: Kim Isaac – the reality for single mums & dads « The …
    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/…/guest-blog-kim-isaac-the-reality-for-single-mums-dads/

    I dont give a fuck what the circumstances are… quite frankly , … what I do give a fuck about is the way fellow New Zealanders and New Zealander-esses are being treated by the wimps at WINZ.

    Wimps at WINZ ,… whats that in acronyms? , … hang on ,… WAW. There you go. Sounds a lot like WAR. WAR on the fucking poor. Wimps at WINZ.

    Think of that next time you think of Nationals little toadies. WAW. WAR on the poor.

    Fuck em.

    And in light of the 63% in favor ( unscientific poll @ Stuff ) of the teachers strike posited at Rotorua today , – I’d say many of these WINZ fuckers need to do a bit of soul searching for the reasons they are even in that line of work. Waiting on the weekly cheque?, … marking time in a secure govt job?

    I like this little number from Kevin Bloody Wilson.

    I’m still not sure which side I agree with ,.. the Kid ?, … or Miss Brown.

    All I know is both of them show a pair. I think I side slightly more with the kid because he’s only 6 years old. And showed bushwackers ‘guts ‘ . Tellin’ it like it is. I like gutsy people who talk in plainspeak . Like Chloe King. Either way I reckon certain WINZ heads are shittin bricks that a Labour / Greens / NZ First govt is coming in.

    Heads are fucking going to roll if they do , – if not ?… heads are fucking going to be pulled the fuck in.

    This ones for you , ‘ Wayne ‘ . Enjoy the Trade Union references… scumbag.

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  19. Janet Crawford 19

    I feel sad, angry and ashamed of our government.

  20. SMILIN 20

    Winz arrogance policy
    Outa Sight Outa Mind
    Across the board from the cradle to the grave

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    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you, Hilary and thank you, Chris, and everyone at TIA for this ...
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  • Support, recovery and re-set plan for tourism communities
    Five South Island tourist communities targeted for specialist support Pressure on Māori tourism operators and Conservation facilities recognised Domestic and international-facing tourism agencies put on more secure footing Long-term plan to re-set tourism with a focus on sustainability, industry standards and regional economic diversification A plan to ensure the immediate ...
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  • Speech on NZ Rail Plan
    Check against delivery E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Taranaki Whānui anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei huihuinga whakahirahira. Nō ...
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  • Government hits massive milestone in Violence Prevention & Elimination
    Minister for Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson announced a major milestone at a hui in South Auckland today, with the launch of the national engagement process on the prevention and elimination of family and sexual violence. “There is no room for violence in our lives – there is no ...
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  • Fee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses
    Tourism businesses operating on public conservation land will have another six months of fees waived to help them adjust to the downturn in international visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced. "We acknowledge it has been a difficult year for ...
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  • ‘Lua Wave’ to future-proof Pasifika Festivals in Aotearoa
    Pasifika festival organisers will receive additional support to adapt to the COVID-19 environment thanks to the Government’s newly launched ‘Lua Wave’ component of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This initiative has not only been to support festival organisers to recover from ...
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  • Crown accounts show confidence in Govt economic plan
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect the resilience of the economy and confidence in the Government’s economic recovery plan. The Crown accounts for the nine months to the end of March 2021 show both OBEGAL and the operating balance remain better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and ...
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  • Energy Trusts of NZ Autumn Conference
    It’s a pleasure to be here today. Thank you Karen [Sherry] for the introduction and thanks to the Energy Trusts Executive for inviting me to speak at tonight’s event. It is an exciting time to come to speak to trustees of distribution companies. For many decades the electricity industry was ...
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  • New partnership to grow Māori success in STEM
    A new partnership with the Pūhoro STEM Academy will support thousands more rangatahi Māori to participate and succeed in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Since 2016, Pūhoro has worked with Māori students to build their capability and create pathways to employment ...
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  • Rail builds platform for economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dr David Clark today released the Government’s long term vision for a sustainable rail network that supports our economic recovery. New Zealand Rail Plan lays out how the Government is building a resilient, reliable and safe network, as well as the indicative ...
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    6 hours ago
  • NZ and UK agree to lift the pace of free trade talks
    New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed to rapidly lift the tempo of talks, as the two countries enter a new phase in free trade negotiations, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, and I spoke today about ...
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    16 hours ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill passes first reading
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has passed its first reading and will now be considered by Parliament’s Justice select committee. “The Bill updates and improves New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm,” Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi said. “The ...
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    17 hours ago
  • Statement on The Speaker and Annual Review Debate
    “The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Any investigation of claims of sexual assault should be in a manner ...
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    23 hours ago
  • Govt motoring towards zero-carbon buses and protecting drivers’ conditions
    Transport Minister Michael Wood is seeking feedback on options for the next phase of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) review to better protect bus drivers’ pay conditions, and also achieving the Government’s target of fully decarbonising the public transport bus fleet by 2035. Michael Wood said investing in our ...
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  • Drop in unemployment shows Govt economic plan is working
    The Government’s economic recovery plan continues to be reflected in the labour market, with more people in work and unemployment falling. Stats NZ figures show employment rose by 15,000 in the March quarter, with 14,000 more women in work. The unemployment rate fell from 4.9 percent to 4.7 percent. This ...
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  • Government sets pay and workforce expectations for the Public Sector
    The Government’s Workforce Policy Statement issued today sets out its expectations for pay and employment relations in the Public Sector, the Minister of Finance and Minister for the Public Service say. “New Zealand has had an exceptionally successful health and economic response to COVID-19. This has been supported by the ...
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  • Author Ben Brown is New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador
    Lyttleton writer Ben Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Paoa) will be New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador, promoting the value of reading for children and young people, Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti announced today. A poet and award-winning author, Ben Brown writes books, non-fiction and short stories ...
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  • Celebrating New Zealand’s firefighters this International Firefighters’ day
    With two fire stations already complete, and building underway on 16 fire stations around the country, today we celebrate International Firefighters’ Day for the important role firefighters have in keeping communities across the country safe, says Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti. The work is progressing due to Government funding ...
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  • Ron Brierley knighthood to go
    Ron Brierley has written to the Clerk of the Executive Council to tender his resignation as a Knight Bachelor. The Queen has been informed. The forfeiture follows the Prime Minister initiating the process to remove his Knighthood. The Clerk of the Executive Council wrote to him on 6 April 2021 ...
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  • Employment boost for rural communities
    The Government is continuing to create opportunities for at-risk rangatahi overcome barriers to employment, education or training with the next tranche of He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re focused on supporting rangatahi to get what they need to progress in the ...
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  • Pre-Budget speech to Wellington Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you for the invitation to speak today, it is great to be here.  I mean that both sincerely and literally. For this equivalent speech last year I took part virtually, beaming in from the Beehive Theatrette with only a socially distanced press gallery bearing silent witness. You are a ...
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  • Budget 2021 reprioritises nearly $1 billion
    The Government’s strong pandemic response and the better than expected economic recovery means not all the money allocated in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund has been spent, Grant Robertson said in his annual pre-Budget speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce this morning. “As part of Budget preparation I ...
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    2 days ago
  • Speech on Digital Identity Trust Framework
    I'd like to start by thanking Graeme, David and Ben from NZTech and Digital Identity New Zealand for inviting me to speak to you. I’m so sorry I can’t be there in person, but I want to acknowledge those of you who are, including some of this country’s top tech ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ Cook Islands travel bubble significant step in COVID-19 recovery
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown have today announced that, pending final confirmation by New Zealand’s Director-General of Health and the Cook Islands Secretary of Health, two-way quarantine-free travel will commence between the two countries on 17 May (NZT). “Two way quarantine-free travel ...
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  • Minister for State Owned Enterprises saddened by passing of KiwiRail Chair
    Minister for State Owned Enterprises, David Clark is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of KiwiRail Chairman, Brian Corban. “I know Brian was seen as a transformative leader within KiwiRail, well respected for his wisdom, honesty and sense of humour,” said David Clark. Mr Corban served as Chair of ...
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  • Speech to the China Business Summit by the Minister for Trade and Export Growth
      Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.  Tena koutou katoa.  Good morning. It is my pleasure to join you today for this China Business Summit – my first as Minister for Trade and Export Growth as well as Minister of Agriculture – and to have the opportunity to speak to you ...
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  • Productivity Commission inquiry into immigration settings
    The Productivity Commission will hold an inquiry into immigration settings to ensure New Zealand’s long term prosperity and wellbeing, Grant Robertson and Kris Faafoi say. This inquiry, the first under the new Productivity Commission chair, Dr Ganesh Nana, will focus on immigration policy as a means of improving productivity in ...
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  • Speech to China Business Summit
    Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, ate marie, tena koutou katoa, good morning. I am very happy to be here with you once again at my fourth China Business Summit. Thanks again to you, Fran, for being the driving force behind this event.  As ever, I’m very pleased to see such ...
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  • Speech to Te Taumata Wahine Toa Hui, Kerikeri
    I would like to begin by acknowledging a few people here today.  Firstly, Chris Karamea Insley for his hard work and commitment to the vision of Te Taumata. I’d also like to acknowledge Minister Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand’s first Maori wahine Minister of Foreign Affairs, whom you have just heard ...
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    5 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature to boost employment in the South
    A suite of significant Jobs for Nature projects will boost conservation efforts and create jobs across the southern South Island, Acting Minister for Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall announced from Te Anau today. “The Government’s Jobs for Nature programme is investing in the future of the area’s stunning environment, with projects ...
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    6 days ago
  • Regional economic potential unlocked as Bay of Plenty project gets underway
    A milestone for jobs, businesses and regional economic development in Bay of Plenty is being marked as construction gets underway on the multi-million dollar Ōpōtiki harbour infrastructure project. Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash has joined Whakatōhea iwi, local councils and representatives of the aquaculture and marine industry at ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Pilot to unlock cultural potential in communities
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni today announced Manatū Taonga (Ministry for Culture and Heritage) is now accepting applications from cultural sector organisations to host cultural activators in eight communities around Aotearoa. “This pilot, as part of Te Tahua Whakahaumaru (Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund), aims to build ...
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  • Supporting New Zealanders Through Winter Months
    From tomorrow, 1 May, over one million New Zealanders receiving either a Main Benefit or New Zealand Superannuation will get more money each week through the Winter Energy Payment. “The Winter Energy Payment started as part of the Government’s December 2017 Families Package designed to help older New Zealanders and ...
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  • New Zealand to donate 250,000 courses of COVID-19 vaccines to Fiji
    New Zealand has offered, and Fiji has accepted, sufficient doses of AstraZeneca for 250,000 people from New Zealand’s domestic vaccine portfolio, New Zealand Associate Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs Aupito William Sio and Fiji Health and Medical Services Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete announced today. “New Zealand and Fiji are working together closely to support ...
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    7 days ago
  • Te Ōhanga Māori Report Speech
    *Check with delivery* Insights from Te Ōhanga report First and foremost - thank you for the mahi of everyone who has been involved in producing this report. The Government needs up-to-date and accurate data on the size and scope of the Māori economy for us to understand how best to ...
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  • New ACC Board Chair Appointed
    Minister for ACC Carmel Sepuloni is delighted to announce the appointment of Hon Steve Maharey CNZM, as a new member and chair successor for the board of ACC. He will commence as a member on 1 May 2021 and become Chair on the retirement of Dame Paula Rebstock on 31 ...
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  • Greater role for a public forestry service
    A greater role for a public forestry service has been outlined by the Forestry Minister, to drive the focus on regional economic development, skills training, and a low-emissions future. Stuart Nash today announced Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) will be renamed Te Uru Rākau - New Zealand Forest Service, ...
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  • Govt increases support for those wanting to change registered sex
    The Government is increasing support for New Zealanders wanting to change their sex marker on birth certificates, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti said today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and is committed to making it easier for people ...
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  • Drought support expanded as dry conditions bite along the east coast
    The Government will boost its drought support to new parts of the country and continue helping farmers in areas facing long-term dry conditions, says Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor. An extra $900,000 of funding will be used to help farmers around the country, with the current large-scale adverse ...
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  • New inpatient ward for Waitākere Hospital
    A new $40 million, 30-bed ward at Waitākere Hospital will mean more West Aucklanders can be treated close to home. Health Minister Andrew Little visited the hospital today to announce Government funding for the ward, subject to an approved business case. “As I said in my speech last week announcing ...
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