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  • Kumara Republic, in reply to izogi,

    People start looking for excuses to claim that they never really liked that guy anyway. Every scandal from the last 5+ years will get an airing, but of course the alternative at the time was so much dreadfully worse, and so that justified voting and expressing support as people did.

    Just like with Rob Muldoon.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5418 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…
    Paula Bennett flexes her comedy chops

    None of the solutions in this space are easy or quick. But the Government has a plan to address housing needs right across the housing market and it will help those in need.
    We are absolutely committed to providing social housing for those who most need it, but ultimately, we want people to get ahead and live independent lives. That’s why the good economic growth we’re seeing with rising incomes and a record number of jobs available is the best way this Government can help New Zealanders.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11642132
    Carrion regardless?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Howard Edwards,

    The president of Horticulture NZ was interviewed on Morning Report today and said that if this happens then the price of vegetables would go through the roof and we would have to import them from China. It seems that Pukekohe’s unique soil and climate combination means that it is the only place in NZ where leafy greens and other vegetables can be harvested in the spring months.

    This has been making me think. The Chinese civilisation has its foundations planted in fertile soil. They are capable of making some very crappy kitchen ware, but I'm trying to keep an open mind on the food production skills. Just like I do when I think about buying Californian grapes. As I also do when I look at other countries to see how they house there people.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4316 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to steven crawford,

    They are capable of making some very crappy kitchen ware, but I'm trying to keep an open mind on the food production skills.

    An adage worth repeating: Food from China that isn't Chinese food, isn't food. Then again, there's Wuchang rice.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Eating three bowls of this rice is equal to consuming about one plastic bag...

    That's eco-sexual.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4316 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    her comedy chops

    Nah that's her deliberate ignorance and arselicking stupidity.
    But nice of you to suggest she has a possible career after politics.

    Wuchang rice.

    jesuus! 9 million tons of plastic rice... and its getting eaten!

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1881 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to andin,

    jesuus! 9 million tons of plastic rice… and its getting eaten!

    And passing through people on its way to the sea, where it poisons fish en masse. Humans really have been a shit addition to this planet.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1386 posts Report Reply

  • Treacy Thompson,

    There is one thing that has been going on since Labour bought in Working for Families over 10 years ago and that is that families, students, super annuitants and benficiaries are having to pay to access the extra money they need to pay these high rents. Just one example is a single parent with 2 children under the age of 9 pays $320 a week rent and only gets $265 to cover it so has to apply for Temporary Additional Support to get the extra only when she applies she finds that she has to pay the first $55 of her hardship out of her standard costs which are set at 70% of her unabated benefit. So in short she is paying the 25% that the government states she has to pay and then on top of that she has to pay another 5% of her benefit plus an accommodation loading of $25.49. Now if you look at a pensioner they are paying similar amounts to access TAS and the lowest amount a person has to pay is around $35. How insane and cruel is this?? So these landlords are making extra money at the expense of children going without food, warmth, school trips etc especially if they come from a large family as the cost to access goes up and can be as high as $80 a week!

    Tauranga • Since May 2016 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Thanks. Yes I saw that. I'm really still hoping to find a clearly written description of the difficulties of getting photo ID in New Zealand if you're in certain circumstances.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    The thing that's been bothering me in both Bennett and Key's comments on the housing crisis is their "oh, there have always been people with these problems". The language they use (surely deliberately) echoes the "The poor you will always have with you..." line. Of course, the second half of that phrase is "...but you will not always have me." I can only hope that's a promise.

    They are of course almost right. There have always been people with poor housing, even in the halcyon days of state housing. Certainly our housing has been cold for a long time, and at least on that front we're hopefully slowly improving in the battle between improvement and degeneration. But affordability has been getting worser and worser. And just because a crisis has built up slowly doesn't mean there's not a crisis.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 580 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to izogi,

    You just need to lose your wallet which contains the only photo ID and all the money you have.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald,

    Natrad this morning....interview with Danielle Bergin,

    and Danielle's own homeless to advocate story.

    Respect.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald,

    and this....

    I've been ridiculed, put down, advised by consultants that my trust is not corporate enough for government funding. But they just don't get it. Government should be funding these small grassroots trusts. They are the lifeblood of society.

    The consultants want flash signs at the gate, a reception area with serenading fish tank, and cold glass-tabled boardrooms. They see the smaller rooms, tattooed clients and the high-risk neighbourhood as flaws.

    We need to stop contracting consultants on huge retainers. We need to listen to and encourage those at the frontline who have the skills and knowledge to contribute solutions.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Yes, excellent interview about what it is like in the real world.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    The consultants want flash signs at the gate, a reception area with serenading fish tank, and cold glass-tabled boardrooms

    Translation "government funding to mitigate homelessness should go to wealthy parasites".

    It's very John Key, isn't it. I have exactly the opposite approach when I donate to charity - I prefer to see the money go to people working at ground level rather than paying rent on a nice office. There's definitely a place for nice offices, unfortunately, because not everyone thinks like I do. But I'd rather those people paid for it. I'll keep trying to point my donations at the coal-face (so to speak... we need a modern version of that for a "we have decided to mitigate global warming" world... mirror-face?)

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1198 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Moz,

    Translation “government funding to mitigate homelessness should go to wealthy parasites”.

    Interesting speech at the March for Moko event in Hamilton yesterday from the missioner from the local Anglican Action. Karen Morrison Hume spoke about the "village" and the "village" being "pillaged" by material and corporate greed. She had more than a little dig at the Chief Executive Officers that have the power.

    I was bursting into spontaneous applause, while most seemed to miss her point.

    This is from a paper she gave to the prison forum...

    In order to re-image, re-frame and re-create a new prophetic vision of the work that is done in the community, post-prison, we need to determine to change the language in describing community-based organisations.

    Anglican Action does not talk about itself in “non” terms. We are not an NGO (non-government organisation). To use this description immediately talks about what we are not, rather than what we are.

    Anglican Action is a “justice through service” mission. This makes a positive identity statement about who we are and what we are committed to. Claiming a positive and substantive identity immediately positions us as an entity, a subject, and in turn makes it possible to be considered as a potential legitimate collaborator rather than an object that simply co-operates.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Anglican Action is a “justice through service” mission. This makes a positive identity statement

    I like that. And I can sympathise with having a dig at the pillagers.

    One thing that still amuses me is "social justice warrior" used as a pejorative by mostly US geeky bigots. I always go "I fight for social justice, yes, and that's a good thing". Possibly because a very similar term is used affirmatively in green movements, a quick search for "Environmental Warrior" produces a lot of positive hits. And interestingly the cruches have started to realise that AGW has social welfare implications.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1198 posts Report Reply

  • Marc C, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Maybe Danielle Bergin lacks the “tertiary educated” credentials, a commerce degree, or at least a BA with some social science qualifications, to be taken seriously enough by the establishment. I notice this all the time, the government and its ministries and agencies are staffed with the “studied” ones, the “experts” who live on another level of “awareness” and “up there” in society, any person coming to talk with them, must be able to show some similar “value” or is simply ignored or treated with a kind of condescending attitude.

    As all that counts is now run along business lines, so she had this uphill struggle, no matter how much experience she had in her own life and working at the coal face of things.

    The coal face is rarely seen by those who make the big decisions. Even ones that may once have been there, see a Ms Bennett from “the West”, once they join the upper ranks, they forget where they came from.

    The world is simply a nasty place, it seems, that is if you come from the bottom and try to fight for those at the bottom. That may also be why Sue Bradford finally gave up fighting for changes through the parliamentary system.

    Akl • Since Oct 2012 • 437 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Marc C,

    simply ignored or treated with a kind of condescending attitude.

    Yep.

    Credibility outweighs integrity.

    Had Danielle the appropriate degree or qualification...who knows?

    The fact that what she does and how she does it works is immaterial...to many she'll be nothing more than a well intentioned amateur.

    Likewise the Anglican Action missioner...Karen Morrison Hume...she can speak the 'language'...but at heart she is solid grassroots.

    There may be hope.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

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