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Government Doing Nothing for Struggling Families

Government Doing Nothing for Struggling Families

New Zealand First says many New Zealanders have lost confidence in the Government’s ability to create an economy that will lead to job creation, secure housing and accessible education.

“Residents from Papatoetoe in South Auckland and Porirua in Wellington recently shared their frustrations with me, saying they were promised so much but received nothing,” says Spokesperson for Social Policy Le’aufa’amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor.

“They feel like they are trying hard and getting nowhere because there are limited jobs, and wages are low, but costs of living are high.

“The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey showed that, while export sales are increasing, domestic sales are continuing to decline, indicating that New Zealanders are feeling less optimistic about the overall state of the economy and their personal financial situations.

“This has a wider impact on their ability to find homes, and access health and education services.

“The survey also indicated a need for more tradespeople, operators and labourers.

“The National Government’s policies are reliant on a low-wage economy, which does nothing to help people at the bottom of the ladder.

“Jobs for unskilled workers have all been lost to foreign countries. Meanwhile some New Zealanders can’t find work and those who are working don’t earn enough money to pay for food, rent, health services and education.

“The Government has been too focussed on making things work for overseas investors and they’ve neglected the dire situation at home.

“This free-market model has only benefited a few at the top. Those at the bottom are desperately crying out for help,” says Mrs Lole-Taylor.

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