Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


New poor stretching food bank resources

Jacinda
ARDERN
Spokesperson for Social Development


22 December 2011 MEDIA STATEMENT
New poor stretching food bank resources

With just three days to go before most of us settle in to Christmas holiday mode, the fact that thousands of ‘new poor’ will be making do with a food parcel is a sobering reminder of the growing poverty in Godzone, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.

“Agencies around the country are grappling to keep up with the soaring demand for food parcels, with the Salvation Army alone distributing 67,000 of them this year, compared to 30,000 in 2008.

“What is really concerning is that recipients include working families and increasing numbers of unemployed young people. These people are not ‘bludgers’- they are ordinary Kiwis who are either holding down jobs yet still struggling to get by, or are desperately seeking work,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“We can talk all we like about Kiwis being on an equal footing, but the reality is that prices are far outstripping incomes and that means those unable to find work and low income families will suffer the most.

“I recall working in a soup kitchen in the United States and being appalled at the number of families with working parents who ate there because they were unable to support themselves on the wages they earned as labourers.

“That is not a situation I expected I would ever see in New Zealand, yet it is now happening here at unprecedented levels.

“My Christmas message to Paula Bennett this year is simple - things need to change and they need to change fast.

“Labour is willing to work with the Government on the issue of poverty. For the sake of Kiwi families, it’s an offer I hope is taken up,” Jacinda Ardern said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news