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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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    New Zealand has regained its position as the least corrupt country in the world for the second time under this Coalition Government, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealanders can be proud that our reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world has been restored,” says Andrew ...
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    15 hours ago
  • Boost for Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Islands Community Conservation
    Community conservation in Rēkohu/Wharekauri/the Chatham Islands is receiving a boost, with grants to support local projects announced today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Rēkohu/Wharekauri/ the Chatham Islands are home to 20 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened bird species and 11 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened plant species. ...
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    17 hours ago
  • Rātana Pā goes high-tech with UFB
    Iwi, hapu and visitors to Rātana Pā near Whanganui now have access to ultra-fast broadband following its connection, completed in time for annual Rātana celebrations, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The connection and associated hardware were funded from the Provincial Growth Fund’s $21 million Marae Digital Connectivity programme, ...
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    17 hours ago
  • Govt’s strong financial management acknowledged
    The Government’s strong financial management and plan to future proof the economy with new infrastructure investment has gained further recognition from an international ratings agency. Credit rating agency Fitch has upgraded one of its main metrics assessing the Government’s books, lifting its foreign currency AA rating outlook to ‘positive’ from ...
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    18 hours ago
  • Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives
    Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today.  Including previous funding boosts, the Agencies will now receive $87 million this year between them.  In Budget 2019 ...
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    22 hours ago
  • More people getting into work
    The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said.   “Nearly 19,000 people cancelled their benefit and went into work in the last few months of the year – ...
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    23 hours ago
  • Wairoa gets up to $6.1m to rebuild heart of CBD
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing up to $6.1 million to revitalise business and tourism opportunities in Wairoa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF is funding: Up to $4.8 million for the Wairoa Integrated Business and Tourism Facility Up to $960,000 for the ...
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    2 days ago
  • Major Events support for creative and cultural events
    Creative and cultural events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride are set to get a funding boost through the Major Events Fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. The new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator, which is funded through the Major Events Fund, will open ...
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    2 days ago
  • Classroom internet in hundreds of schools to get a boost
    The Government has begun a massive IT upgrade to provide more seamless internet access to 200 schools around the country. Te Mana Tūhono – Technology in Schools work programme will launch with a pilot of 10 smaller state schools early this year. IT equipment that gives students access to the ...
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    2 days ago
  • Construction workforce, apprenticeships hit record highs
    Working with industry and committing to rebuild New Zealand’s infrastructure has produced a record high number of Kiwis working in the construction industry and learning trades, says Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. New figures available today from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education ...
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    2 days ago
  • NZ concludes digital economy trade talks with Singapore and Chile
    A new trade agreement concluded today helps New Zealand exporters and consumers take advantage of opportunities from digital trade.    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker together with Chile’s Vice Minister of Trade Rodrigo Yañez and Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, have announced conclusion of ...
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    2 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to fund Waipukurau cultural development and tourism
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna -  Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project will receive $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to create an authentic cultural tourism experience, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today “The project will inform visitors about the history of six pā sites in Waipukurau with a combination ...
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    3 days ago
  • 21 new judges boost diversity, improve access to justice
    Twenty-one new District Court judges have been appointed in a move that will improve access to justice and boost diversity on the bench. The new judges include replacements for retirements and 10 new positions. Attorney-General David Parker today announced the 14 judges who can immediately be named, with the remainder ...
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    3 days ago
  • Puhinui to Auckland Airport in 10 minutes
    Aucklanders are another step closer to getting rapid transit to the airport, with the start of construction to upgrade State Highway 20B to the airport, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. SH20B will be upgraded with additional lanes in each direction, dedicated to bus and high-occupancy vehicles between Pukaki Creek ...
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    3 days ago
  • Advancing New Zealand’s trade agenda focus of Europe meetings
    World Trade Organisation reform, agricultural trade and a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom will be the focus of Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker’s visit to Europe this week. David Parker leaves on Tuesday for a series of meetings in the UK and Switzerland that aim ...
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    4 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit counterparts in US and Canada
    The Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, departed today for the United States and Canada where he will meet with his counterparts.  While in Canada Minister Mark will meet with his counterpart, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.  “New Zealand and Canada are close friends, and share an instinctive like-mindedness on ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government to deliver family carers $2000 pay rise, expand scheme to spouses this year
    The Coalition Government is delivering this year the changes to Funded Family Care the disability sector has long-asked for, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. “Today we are announcing the details of our big changes to Funded Family Care, including an annual average pay boost of $2,246.40 for funded ...
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    5 days ago
  • Ko te reo kua mū: Piri Sciascia
    Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta joins te ao Māori in their sorrow as they learn of the loss of one of the great orators and spokespersons of a generation – Piri Sciascia.  “The son of Pōrangahau was a staunch advocate for Māori development and served his people for over ...
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    6 days ago
  • Minister opens new ecosanctuary at Cape Farewell
    A new ecosanctuary with a predator proof fence on Golden Bay’s Cape Farewell, which will restore a safe home for sea birds, rare native plants, giant snails, and geckos, was officially opened today by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “There has been a fantastic community effort supported by the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Pacific partners work together to provide additional support to Australia
    The NZDF continues to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles fires in Victoria and New South Wales, including by transporting Republic of Fiji Military engineers from Nadi to Australia, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. On Saturday morning a NZDF Boeing 757 will depart New Zealand to uplift ...
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    7 days ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive PGF funding: A $9.88 million investment to begin the ...
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    7 days ago
  • Govt accounts in surplus, debt remains low
    The Government’s books are in good shape with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the five months to November. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above forecast by $0.7 billion resulting ...
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    7 days ago
  • Auckland focus for first Police graduation of 2020
    The number of Police on the Auckland frontline is increasing with the graduation today of a special locally-trained wing of new constables. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of eighteen officers from Recruit Wing 333-5 means that more than 1900 new Police have been deployed since the Coalition Government ...
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    1 week ago
  • Wairarapa gets $7.11m PGF water boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund is putting $7.11 million into creating a sustainable water supply for Wairarapa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The following two projects will receive Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding: A $7 million investment in Wairarapa Water Limited for the pre-construction development of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Progress with new Police station in Mahia
    Community safety and crime prevention in the East Coast community of Mahia has moved forward with the opening of a new Police station to serve the growing coastal settlement. Police Minister Stuart Nash has officially opened the new station, which was relocated almost 20 kilometres along the coast from the nearby ...
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    1 week ago
  • Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting announced
    With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. “The need for action for a healthy whitebait fishery has never been greater,” Eugenie Sage said.  “Four of the six whitebait species are ...
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    1 week ago
  • New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change
    A new Ministry of Education resource available for schools in 2020 will increase awareness and understanding of climate change, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The resource, Climate Change – prepare today, live well tomorrow, will help students understand the effects of climate change at a local, national and global ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Getting more out of our most productive firms
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has approved the terms of reference for an Inquiry into the economic contribution of New Zealand's frontier firms. Frontier firms are the most productive firms in the domestic economy within their own industry. “These firms are important as they diffuse new technologies and business practices into ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • NZDF sends more support to Australia
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending an Environmental Health Team, a Primary Health Care Team and a Chaplain to Australia, boosting New Zealand support for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles bush fires in Victoria and New South Wales, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand joins partners in calling for full investigation into air crash in Iran
    Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters says that developments suggesting a surface-to-air missile is responsible for the downing of the Ukrainian International Airlines flight in Iran is disastrous news. “New Zealand offers its deepest sympathies to the families of the 176 victims. It is ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Staying connected to Australian agriculture
    Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, says the Ministry for Primary Industries is continuing to stay connected to federal authorities in Australia as devastating fires affect the country.  “The Ministry is using an existing trans-Tasman forum for discussions on the agricultural impact of the fires and the future recovery phase,” says Damien ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Investment in schools – a commitment to communities
    Thousands of school-age children, their teachers and wider communities are benefiting from the Government’s multi-million dollar investment upgrading and renewing schools, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “We want New Zealand to be the best place to be a child and that means learning in warm, comfortable and modern classrooms,” ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Defence Force sends support to Australia
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark today announced New Zealand is sending three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters and crew, and two NZ Army Combat Engineer Sections as well as a command element to support the Australian Defence Force efforts in tackling the Australian fires.  The New Zealand Defence Force ...
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    3 weeks ago