Category Archives: NZ Poverty

Over 4,000 kids living in motels — Kiwiblog

RNZ reports: The number of children living in motels has reached a record high, despite the Government’s pledge to combat child poverty.As at March 31, there were 4368 children living in motels across the country – up by 480 in three months. At the end of December there were 3888 children in motels. Call me…

via Over 4,000 kids living in motels — Kiwiblog

Minimal Change in Child Poverty Targets as Cost of Living Bites — The BFD

The Labour Government’s reset of poverty targets three years later describes an admission of policy failure under rising costs, especially housing, National’s Children spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “Of the three targets that the Government has announced, the new ‘before-housing-costs target is unchanged from three years ago, the ‘after-housing-costs’ targets is moderately changed and the ‘children experiencing…

via Minimal Change in Child Poverty Targets as Cost of Living Bites — The BFD

NCEA: Not Achieved by Jacinda Ardern on Child Poverty — The BFD

Jacinda Ardern told us all that the reason she got into politics in the first place was because she wanted to do something about child poverty. Since then she’s been found wanting, and yet another report tells the tale of her failure. It is her failure because she is the Minister Responsible for Child Poverty…

via NCEA: Not Achieved by Jacinda Ardern on Child Poverty — The BFD

Face of the Day — The BFD

Coffey said he believed Rotorua had the capacity to welcome tourists “while showing that same manaakitanga to families and children in need of a warm, secure dry home during a global pandemic”.“If Australians choose not to come here, it will be because of incorrect information that some of our community leaders are promoting, and just…

via Face of the Day — The BFD

How Church Warnings About Welfare Came to Pass — The BFD

 

I don’t know why MSD continues to surprise me. But they do. TVNZ had a piece about how beneficiaries are being provided with My Food Bag deliveries so I did a search of their site to find out more. No joy but this turned up under how MSD helps people live successful lives. Such utter tosh that I hardly…

via How Church Warnings About Welfare Came to Pass — The BFD

Kerre McIvor backs Hosking — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Kerre McIvor backs Mike Hosking in his attacks on whingers who earn more than $100,000 and are crying poverty: Quote: I think it’s nonsense for people to cry poverty when they’re earning more than $100,000. My colleague on NewstalkZB Mike Hosking was scathing this week of those earning six figures who were crying poor. He understood…

via Kerre McIvor backs Hosking — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Hosking: $100k ‘poverty’? Or a pity party for people who can’t budget? — New Zealand Herald – Top Stories

We have a theme developing that we need to be aware and wary of. And that is the idea being floated about by social agencies, and being picked up and run with with alacrity by the media, that no matter …

via Hosking: $100k ‘poverty’? Or a pity party for people who can’t budget? — New Zealand Herald – Top Stories

More to do on poverty, but after they help rich kids at university first — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jacinda Ardern is saying the government need to do more on poverty and they plan to do so. Radio NZ reports: Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the government has more work to do when it comes to helping the country’s poorest families. The Child Poverty Action Group has raised concerns about the $5.5 billion…

via More to do on poverty, but after they help rich kids at university first — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Come on Phil Twyford – the government can do better than this! — The Daily Blog

On Friday the government announced it is spending $100 million to provide emergency housing for New Zealand tenants and families this winter with a staggering $37 million for motel accommodation. It is stupid of the government to spend tens of millions on motel accommodation for homeless families when we have 33,000 empty homes in Auckland.…

via Come on Phil Twyford – the government can do better than this! — The Daily Blog

Middlemore mould, health budget hole, the budget — Your NZ

Since the new Government took over there seems to have been a reduction in stories about hard done by beneficiaries and people living rough. But there has been a lot of lobbying going on before new Minister of Finance Grant Robertson’s first budget – nurses want more money, so do teachers, and health is always […]

via Middlemore mould, health budget hole, the budget — Your NZ

No more money for child poverty reduction because… — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

When I saw this headline it was just begging for a finish the sentence competition. The Prime Minister says the Government doesn’t have any money for additional child poverty reduction measures outside of its Families Package. -Newshub Nation Finish this sentence in the comments: There is no more money available for child poverty because… The post…

via No more money for child poverty reduction because… — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Rip-offs condemn poorest families — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Rip-offs condemn the poorest families or so opines Doug Laing in the Bay of Plenty Times editorial. (reprinted from 6 Feb Hawkes Bay Today) As another Waitangi Day rolls by, there must be some question over whether the purpose of the treaty signed in 1840 was the same as the reason for which we are now…

via Rip-offs condemn poorest families — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Shift from targeting Maori to targeting the poverty — Your NZ

Bryce Edwards looks at a shift in Government shifting from race-based (Maori) targeting to a more universal approach to dealing with poverty, but they say that as Maori feature in the deprivation statistics they should benefit the most. Is this related to Winston Peters’ past attacks on Whanau Ora, with Labour now quietly accommodating his […]

via Shift from targeting Maori to targeting the poverty — Your NZ

Bob McCoskrie: Child poverty rhetoric ignores elephant in room — Family First NZ

NZ Herald 8 February 2018Family First Comment: In todays Hawkes Bay Today….. “Despite marriage being one of the best protectors against child poverty, it has become politically unfashionable – some argue insensitive – to express such a view, but reducing child poverty rates will require encompassing analysis and debate. Based on the evidence, New Zealand’s…

via Bob McCoskrie: Child poverty rhetoric ignores elephant in room — Family First NZ

Is ending child poverty even possible? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jacinda Ardern stated before the election that she was going to end child poverty. Now, after making it to PM, she has walked that back somewhat… now she is only going to halve it. But is that even possible with the silly and unattainable measured based on a percentage of a median? I don’t think…

via Is ending child poverty even possible? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

In the New Zealand context what is poverty really? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

When I was a child I wore some new clothes but I also wore hand me downs. My family wasn’t poor. My Mum bought cracked eggs from the farm to save money. My family wasn’t poor. She bought lamb flaps and turned them into mince with a hand mincer to save money. My family wasn’t poor.…

via In the New Zealand context what is poverty really? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The do nothing child poverty bill — Kiwiblog

The PM announced: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released her Child Poverty Reduction Bill to drive a significant and sustained reduction in child poverty that lasts beyond successive governments. “The Bill is the framework for measuring and targeting child poverty. It sets in law four primary and six supplementary measures of poverty and material hardship.…

via The do nothing child poverty bill — Kiwiblog

Labour’s child poverty numbers don’t add up, and a little girl waits — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

So exactly how many more children are lifted out of poverty versus the 50,000 in National’s package? Grant Robertson told the media 38,000 more – officials say 12,000 in the Disclosure statement. 12,000 is ok but it’s not 38,000 pic.twitter.com/OllD12HxZr — Steven Joyce (@stevenljoyce) December 14, 2017 Steve Joyce raises a very good point about…

via Labour’s child poverty numbers don’t add up, and a little girl waits — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If you make lemonade from lemons what do you make from chickpeas and tomatoes? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It might be the season for giving, but please, no more tinned tomatoes. These, along with lentils and beans, are some of the items charities would rather do without, however desperate they are for food donations. Auckland-based refuge charity The Aunties has issued an outright ban on tinned tomatoes, saying they are useless for the women and…

via If you make lemonade from lemons what do you make from chickpeas and tomatoes? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

On canning Kidscan funding — Your NZ

RNZ: KidsCan may lose govt funding: ‘Children will go hungry’ The charity, which has been in operation for 12 years, provides food, clothing and healthcare to 168,000 children across 700 New Zealand schools. Executive Julie Chapman told Checkpoint with John Campbell she was told last week by Oranga Tamariki / Ministry for Children that it would lose […]

via On canning Kidscan funding — Your NZ

Child poverty dropped in 2016 — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: The report of the latest Child Poverty Monitor showed 12 per cent of children, or 135,000, were living in material hardship – without seven or more items, from a total list of 17, which are considered necessary for their wellbeing. That was down from 14 per cent or 155,000 in 2016. There were 70,000 New…

via Child poverty dropped in 2016 — Kiwiblog

Poverty group: work not a solution, wants ‘unconditional welfare’ — Your NZ

In response to the proposal by Shane Jones to get ‘the ne-er do well nephs’ off the couch and into work, Auckland Action Against Poverty says that it will fail to address unemployment. They suggest that “we need to start thinking towards unconditional welfare and less about work as the solution to unemployment”. Work-for-the-Dole Will […]

via Poverty group: work not a solution, wants ‘unconditional welfare’ — Your NZ

Fair question: If students are worth $50 a week more, why not children? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Please Sir, can we have some more? Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) applauds the Government’s recent announcements to ease student hardship by a $50 increase in allowances on 1 January, 2018, and urges Parliament to address children’s needs with similar urgency. Christmas is fast approaching, and charities are gearing up to support families in need,…

via Fair question: If students are worth $50 a week more, why not children? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Even the people helping the homeless are telling you not to give them money — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Christchurch social services are warning people not to give money to an increasing number of street beggars, most of them not genuinely homeless and “making a jolly good living out of it”. A recent street count found 215 people were sleeping rough in Christchurch, some as young as 12 with addiction issues choosing to sleep…

via Even the people helping the homeless are telling you not to give them money — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

‘Eliminating’ (reducing) child poverty — Your NZ

There has pretty much always been poverty and child poverty throughout recorded human civilisation. It is significantly less of a problem in New Zealand than it was 100 years ago, and even 50 years ago, but is still a significant cause for concern. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has virtually staked her political career on reducing […]

via ‘Eliminating’ (reducing) child poverty — Your NZ

Is the Prime Minister Serious About Child Poverty? — Right to Life New Zealand

Media Release Thursday 2nd Nov 2017 Child poverty begins in the womb and the absence of marriage and the abandonment of women is the major cause of child poverty. Right to Life commends our new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, for making the elimination of child poverty a top priority for her government. The Prime Minister…

via Is the Prime Minister Serious About Child Poverty? — Right to Life New Zealand

Is there really poverty in New Zealand? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The government we have now liked to bang on about eliminating poverty while in opposition. Though, I see now Jacinda Ardern has changed that from eliminating child poverty to merely reducing it with her ministerial title. If we really did have poverty you’d think that it would show up in some recognised world wide indices…

via Is there really poverty in New Zealand? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media