Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Paula Bennett must take responsibility

Paula Bennett must take responsibility

On National Radio today, Paula Bennett praised the work of the volunteers who set up a sausage sizzle outside the Hornby Work and Income Office, as a sign of a community that cares.

Liz Gordon, spokesperson, says that they do care. In particular, the group cares very much that the poor, dispossessed, homeless and depressed were sent to a Hornby office where they had no access to water, no food, no toilets, virtually no seats, increasingly dire rubbish bins and long waits in impossible circumstances.

“The WINZ staff were lovely. But they had nothing to offer people except long waits. So I hi-jacked a lovely family’s van, took my barbeque down, went begging around the supermarkets and got a mixture of donated and purchased food, and set up”.

Liz says the barbeque became a magnet for others. “Thanks, to Pita and Bro, Karen, Claire and her family, Lilian and the church group, the Soroptomist lady with her little give-aways, the scone and muffin lady, the apple man and the lollipop person, all of whom came and donated and helped.

“Thanks particularly to Hornby Mall which gave us over $200 worth of food”.

Liz said they mostly cooked sausages but on Monday morning, with large numbers expected, they cooked up egg and bacon sandwiches for breakfast. “People loved those”, she said. But the group are critical of the lack of services offered.

“The Hornby office welcomed us but they gave us nothing. Today we asked them for some money to replenish the chilly bin but they said that had no money for that. The reality is that without us, that office would have left people for hours to be hungry and thirsty in long queues, kids restless and nowhere to sit or go to the toilet. The Minister said we made people happy and smile and that is correct. But that’s because until we arrived, they were in the queue from hell with no services at all”.

The group were upset that the Minister praised their effort, while it was only necessary because of the inhumane circumstances in which the people were forced to queue, compounded by the absolute refusal of WINZ to help out.

Liz says that they have used up all their food and drink, and need donations for tomorrow. “Bread, sausages, bacon, onions, drinks…. Baked goods and whatever people have really”.

Donations can be dropped off outside the office in Shands Road (behind Hell Pizza) from 8.30am Tuesday.

Liz Gordon
Spokesperson for the Hornby Work and Income sausage sizzlers

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Politics
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news