Labour confirms they are the Bludgers party

Carmel Sepuloni has confirmed why it is that Labour fails to fire.

She has issued a missive deriding Work and Income for penalising bludgers who don’t name the fathers of their income streams.

It?s time to repeal a law that sanctions sole parent families for not identifying the name of the other parent, Labour?s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says.

“Every week, 17,000 children are missing out because their sole parent is being sanctioned by WINZ for not identifying the child?s other parent. The average loss is between $22 and $28 a week – a huge amount for families struggling to get by. This is impacting nearly 20% of sole parent families reliant on benefits.

“The intent of this legislation was to encourage fathers to pay their child support, but the administration of it has been patchy and unfair – 97.7% of people sanctioned are women, and 52.8% Maori. The law isn?t working as intended, and its hurting families and children. ? Read more »

Knock me down with a feather, I agree with Soper

Barry Soper took off his pink-tinted glasses for just a moment and managed a semi-literate article about bludgers and the indolent.

Over the past couple of weeks a bloke, who some have no doubt written off as a whinging Pom, has appeared on telly telling us kiwis are lazy.

They can’t be bothered turning up for an interview to work at his little flooring company for twenty bucks an hour and if they do turn up, they don’t last in the job. They’d prefer after a couple of days, in his rather indelicate words, to grab a slab of beer and go off on the piss.

The job’s not that taxing, a bit of elbow grease may be required. A 24 year old former supermarket checkout operator saw the item and she’s now gainfully employed learning a trade and earning better money than she could ever have thought of by sweeping groceries past the bar code.

So what’s wrong with our young, have they lost the ability to work?

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Tolley: giving money and food away doesn?t solve the problem

The churches are politicking again. Perhaps it is time to look, once again, at their status.

As usual the Media party take their side despite clear contradictions between the claims made and the facts in the report.

The government is dumping responsibility for desperate people on the charitable sector, say New Zealand’s Christian social services.

A new report from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services, released today, says demand on social service organisations has soared, while government support has shrunk, particularly in the form of food grants.

Read the full report online here

Executive officer Trevor McGlinchey said like many of the people they served, social service organisations were under huge financial stress, with government funding staying largely static for the last eight years.

Desperation to find housing, food and sufficient income to survive had become “the new normal” for many families, he said.

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Where was the sperm donor?

A very good question has been asked in the Herald today…where was Moko’s Dad when he was being beaten?to death.

The court has reached its verdict. The marchers have gone home. The politicians and media have done their usual hypocritical hand-wringing. But the question remains – where was Moko’s dad?

A father is supposed to be there to protect his children. A father is supposed to be there to help their mother look after the family. A father is supposed to provide for and love his family.

So where was Moko’s dad? We have no idea. We have no idea because the question was never asked. It never is. In all the national breast-beating that happens whenever such a tragedy occurs, the real issue is never addressed. Why are so many children left without the care of a natural father? Why have we allowed a relationship culture to become embedded which accepts as normal the regular dropping in and out of relationships and frequent changing of partners? How is this supposed to build strong and loving families?

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Chester Borrows calls out lazy media

Chester Borrows, who is one of?the wets in National writes a brilliant opinion piece at Fairfax:

In my book kids come first. No matter how frustrating the parents’ situation may be. Situations of their own volition, stupidity, criminality, or just bad luck, if there are kids involved, it pushes all my buttons. I will fall over myself helping and always have. I’m big enough to admit that I probably made decisions last week that I wouldn’t make a second time. We have all made mistakes and I own mine but don’t want them thrown in my face every time I am in need of being cut a little slack. So the starting point is that if there are kids involved, they didn’t have any choice because some adult made a decision for them on their behalf. So let’s think of the kids first.

The whole premise behind providing welfare…it’s for the kids.

Now, about those families who are living in every garage in South Auckland that Andrew Little has told us about but can’t find.? Those ones we can see same time; same channel every night – are there a few questions we’d like to ask them? Hell yes. ? Read more »


Guest Post – Elderly Housing Issues

Following up on the article ?pimping the poor elderly with housing issues?, I would like to add to the discussion, as a person of the generation being written about.

In one way I agree that it is the individual?s problem if they don?t have a house after tens of years having it so easy.? But not all of us had a life in the basket of plenty.? Things go wrong and we cannot guarantee that all our risk management plans work!? But there are also some ways to improve the situation that do not require Government intervention.

Some examples:? I had cancer for more than twenty years and was unable to work.? The benefit was not enough to be able to save on, and I had lost my husband very early in my illness.? However when a friend was having trouble selling her house she offered it to me, and suggested that one of my pictures could be used as a deposit.? I had a huge amount of trouble getting a mortgage as I ?didn?t have a man behind me? (1989), but eventually one banker was prepared to be innovative, and gave me the loan.

This demonstrates that all was not well for my generation of women ? we could not get mortgages, even if we had good jobs as I did in 1989.

I was then able to ride the property wave, and do now own my own house.? But it took the generosity of a friend to get started. ? Read more »

“…all we have created is a culture of dependence, entitlement, helplessness and irresponsibility”

Martin van Beynen hits the nail on the head:

The current weeping, wailing and gross over-simplification of the problems at the root of violence and dysfunction will not achieve anything.

Partly this is due to a couple of vital components missing from the discussion which mean most people switched off long ago.

The media cannot be knocked for highlighting societal problems and marchers might also help focus the minds of people in power.

But for things to change you need middle-class outrage and ordinary punters are no longer engaged.

They have heard it all before. “What do you want us to do?” is a common reaction.

We have tried everything and all we have created is a culture of dependence, entitlement, helplessness?and irresponsibility.

Of course most of us know condemnation does not work but that initial reaction needs to be acknowledged.

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This is not a hard luck story, it is a story of utter stupidity

The left-wing are all aghast at the story about the mother of eight living in motels and racking up massive debts.

Apparently it is the government’s uncaring policies and the fault of them for this woman’s poverty predicament.

Simon Maude reported:

An Auckland woman and her eight children living in a one-bedroom motel unit?have racked up a $78,000 debt with Work and Income for their “emergency housing” costs.


The Auckland woman with the $78,000 debt said she was evicted from her Housing New Zealand house after it was found?to be contaminated with methamphetamine.?Despite being cleared of drugs by a CYF investigation, the woman said she was blacklisted by Housing NZ, forcing the family?into emergency accommodation.

The woman and her family have now been staying in motels for 10 months and have racked up a debt of $78,000 in emergency housing money.

Her partner and her eight children – ranging from ages 11 to five months – have been staying in a one-bedroom motel in Mangere.

It was?their third motel?and she has given birth to two children while living in the motels. ? Read more »


Larry Williams on housing

Larry Williams makes some sensible prognostications on housing and politicians.

Nobody can surely claim that our welfare system is unfair. To the contrary, we have a world class welfare system with accommodation supplements, Working for Families and other welfare payments. Compared to other countries, our welfare system is generous.

I suspect that is part of the problem. This country’s intergenerational welfare is integral to many of the social problems we have today. Labour have been leaders in this.

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The PM is right, there is help out there

The PM has told those people whinging to the Media party about their housing predicament to go see aid agencies, like WINZ.

Prime Minister John Key has advised those who are homeless or living in garages to go and see Work and Income.

His comments come after social housing groups and community workers have called on the government to increase their supply of affordable housing.

There have been?reports families in Auckland have been forced to rent?garages and shipping containers, with the?Salvation?Army estimating?one in ten Auckland garages?is rented out to a family.

Social agencies say the number of families?living out of their cars has grown.

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