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

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week...

Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

 

State Sector: Government To Apply Pay Equity Principles

Legal changes are not yet in effect but the State Services Commission, on behalf of the government, and the Council of Trade Unions on behalf of unions, have agreed to apply the principles to current pay equity claims. More>>

ALSO:

Throwing Stoners: English Blames Failed Drug Tests For Unemployment

Bill English’s diversionary tactic of condemning of a generation of Kiwi workers as a bunch of drug-takers cannot hide his government’s failure to create opportunities for decent work, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news