The latest Unicef report has us languishing at the bottom of the developed world in relation to the health and welfare our children and youth. This report was based on the data our government collects and concerningly, with regards to child poverty, a ranking wasn’t provided because of a refusal to follow standard practice (an admission of failure?). In many documented areas we are seriously neglecting our young people (ranking numbers are determined by the data provided from a maximum of 41 developed countries):
Child Poverty (41/41?) I consider that we must be by far the worst in the developed world for child poverty when the Government refuses to use the same measures as other countries so that we can be ranked. Our Children’s Commissioner and the Child Poverty Monitor currently state that 14% of our children suffer from material hardship. We have a much higher threshold to determine this and require 7 elements to recognise hardship, while most other countries use only two. The US is ranked 33 out of 37 for child poverty and they have 21% of their children in households living below the poverty threshold. 28% of our children live below the poverty line and 16% live in jobless households, so I would surmise that we could be the worst. We also have the most expensive housing in the world and a homelessness problem that has exploded in recent years. Between 2006 and 2013 homelessness grew by 25% and involved 1% of the population and 53% of our homeless were families with children. Now that shortages have become increasingly pronounced over the four years since then, I would suggest around 2% of the population is now homeless and many more are living in substandard housing. Third world diseases like rheumatic fever are now common place here, and are directly related to housing poverty. New Zealand is clearly too afraid to provide relevant statistics to enable us to be ranked.
Teen Suicide (34/34) We are the worst by a great margin. The median number of teen suicides per 1,000 for developed nations is around 7.5, while 15.5 of our 15-19 year olds take their own lives. This is a shocking indictment on the ability of families to support their teens and our severely under-resourced mental health system. I can imagine few developed countries that would lock struggling youth in adult prisons because of a shortage of youth facilities. Those specialised youth facilities that do exist are run like prisons for hardened criminals. Youth prisoners can be locked in their cells for 19 hours a day, which is classified as torture, is emotionally damaging and unlikely to support rehabilitation.
Y’ know, we have an election coming up later in the year, and all I seem to hear from the die-hard Kiwis is “National has got to go; Key & his ‘cronies’ have sold us out (to overseas investors)”!
And they’d be right, but there’s a far BIGGER issue going on here, if you take the time to dig deeper! Here’s what I see; this is MY view ….
Politics in Aotearoa has always been between TWO major parties – no different than almost every country in the world; that’s just the way it has ALWAYS been.
Yes – other smaller parties have come (& gone) & they have been more of a DISTRACTION than a help; and they serve to make people feel there ARE other alternatives, but there’s not – there’s left or right, (up or down, in or out) – that’s just how it is!
Third, fourth generation Kiwis have grown tired of the same old record playing the same old song…. we went backwards & forwards – National/Labour, Labour/National and it got to a stage where Labour was looking forward to having their turn again …..
Key did some VERY SERIOUS DAMAGE ….
Selling out to overseas investors, back-door deals – leaving faster than he came into the political arena; this WASN’T by chance; this is VERY ORCHESTRATED by very POWERFUL PEOPLE, something most can’t BEGIN to understand!
Polls (strategically held in specific areas) have been used by the media to manipulate the masses! If those polls were held in Otara (Auckland), Highbury (Palmerston North) or Aramoho (Whanganui), they would be SO DIFFERENT they wouldn’t be recognizable!
Seventy to eighty thousand immigrants (refugees) a year over the last few years – that wasn’t by chance either! THINK! Those who arrived since 2008, and have applied (& got) voting rights, WHO do you think they would vote for? – the party that brought/allowed them (& their families) here, or the other party?! Straight up …. and they’re PUSHING New Zealanders to take a minimum 50 thousand per annum; they are GUARANTEED VOTES for them (National). Who bites the hand that feeds them?! They (the NEW New Zealanders) would feel OBLIGATED to vote for National; most would see Aotearoa as “Club Med” compared to the countries they came from!
We can’t even accommodate our own, yet the “Government Depts. can’t help our new arrivals enough…. housing/benefits/medical/schooling/employment …. by chance?! – NOT ON YOUR NELLY!
Regardless of party policies, you will ALWAYS go to the ones you feel are your rescuers, and National know this; they RELY on it, and they will play it to the hilt!
And we will let them, because that’s how we roll …
Ask yourself, what do the Nats care about the homeless in NZ, about child poverty, about youth suicide? Under their terms we’ve seen those stats worsen to the point we’re the world’s worst at all of them! And so in that light the above opinion rings very true. Were they truly caring they would also be caring for their own. They’re not. As I repeat regularly, under their watch we have all these dubious stats of shame. They don’t even flinch about it. Business as usual. So the caring motive doesn’t hold water for me. And it’s not about Kiwis not caring for the needs of refugees. I’m sure most us do. The point here is, we’re deep in the mire with 42K homeless. Their doing. I have noticed, Herald’s published an article with the affirmation of no less than four other former NZ PMs on the need to welcome 500 new refugees now. So four other riders (of the same horse) agree. Very comforting. EnvirowatchRangitikei
Words escape me. This is so sad … and ironically outside a church. With all due respect to those in the story who have helped this man, it’s still one of those WWJD moments (what would Jesus do). I rather think that although he didn’t have a home of his own, he would’ve invited him inside nevertheless & given him a bed, some blankets and a pillow. And perhaps a seat by the fire. Very sad. He died within view of the soup kitchen. People this is not the NZ we knew once. This modus operandi is from the halls of our esteemed leaders who are placing profits & the ‘needs’ of corporates above those of the people they are supposed to be serving. These folk organizing soup kitchens and shelters are running on limited funds and the problem is becoming enormous. What makes this crime especially unforgivable is the stock of empty state homes this corporation (parading as a govt) have both land banked and left sitting empty on all manner of other fake pretexts. And they remain steel hearted & unrepentant. It started with Rogernomics, that inroad that was to pave the way for global governance, and they are totally complicit with the plan. Shame on you all with all your tax free perks, riding rough shod over the people you should be helping. EnvirowatchRangitikei
NOTE the image is courtesy of Pixabay and not the man who passed away.
Homeless man found dead outside Manurewa Methodist Church
A homeless man has been found dead, huddled under his sleeping bag at the back of a church – the second known such death of a homeless person in two weeks as a polar blast grips the nation.
The man was found on Tuesday morning as Manurewa Methodist Church set up its weekly soup kitchen for the homeless.
Manurewa mum Beverley Losefa, who organises the soup kitchen, thought he was sleeping in. But when they served the first cup of tea and he still hadn’t risen she became worried.
Police were called and confirmed the man had died, before they cordoned off the area.
Losefa was heartbroken to see the man die without his family. She spoke through tears about how lonely and cold he must have been to take his final breath outside the church they call “the corner of hope”.
“I’d never forgive myself if it was someone I knew. I hope no one loses someone this way,” she said.
Note; the image above is not of the man concerned.
Shame, shame on the Nats. I saw another headline today with Bill English saying it wasn’t their fault people are homeless. All they need to do is go to WINZ he reckons. Clearly he hasn’t had any need to go to WINZ himself (and wouldn’t when he only pays a pittance for tax like a tiny percentage of what the workers pay) & he doesn’t realize all they’ll get is into deep debt in emergency motel accommodation. What stress awaits these poor people. And I’ve also seen this week reference to the suicides happening with people driven by this same government (really corporate) department. Again shame on the Nats, under their watch child poverty is up, & so is homelessness. And under their watch an old gentleman dies on a park bench in the freezing cold. And 3K landbanked state homes sit empty in the same city. What have we come to? May this dear man rest in peace. EnvirowatchRangitikei
Key’s recent knighthood is a clear illustration and reminder of just how corrupt our govt/corp really is. To honour a man under whose watch we’ve descended to 41K homeless, and 3rd highest in child poverty in the world’s developed nations, who is very happy to tax himself & his ilk 2.8% while those in the poverty stats are taxed a whole 28% nearly a third of their income … all makes a hollow farce of the knighthoods in my opinion. Shame on John Key & shame on the pretend NZ govt (that is really a corporation) that honours such rogues. And if you don’t think Enzed’s corrupt as, read this:
You will find this barrister on facebook, consider connecting with him and finding out more truth on this corrupt nation.
And as for honouring former Mayor Duffy, under whose watch we in the Horowhenua heard whistleblowers telling us how he coerced councillors to vote as ‘expected’, and who displays total disrespect for tangata whenua (see our Local Gov Watch pages / Horowhenua for more info on those issues). Such is the rot now in our once democratic nation. Wake up folks & see what’s really happening.
We were reminded not so long ago by the Greens of Key’s real legacy.
“Your desperate, lumbering, grasping attempt at building a legacy with a flag won’t mask the realities.
Hungry kids up
Housing costs up
Electricity costs up
Foreign ownership up
Once you may have been a national leader but now you look like just a National Party leader.” READ MORE of transcript or watch the video.
And not so long ago UNICEF declared we were third on the list for highest child poverty in the developed world. If you go to their website they’re actually pondering on how to solve this!! And the powers that be have just honoured the leader under whose watch this has developed! Join the dots people. This is not normal. It’s not right. And they are wanting you to honour Key right along with them, in the hope you won’t notice it’s not right.
See Bryan Bruce’s recent post featuring this news article:
“A car, a garage, a motel room or boarding house is not a home.
No child should grow up in one.
Please make housing a priority when you cast your vote this year.”
Watch Bruce’s award winning documentary to remind you how this state of affairs developed. No, not the result of lazy parents (those ones who are taxed 28% if they manage to find a job, and another 33% if they should manage to find a second job as many do – while corporations pay almost no tax) … it is a faulty neo lib economic set up that never intended for those aforementioned parents to win. Trickle down is a scam.
Finally (and there are actually more issues I haven’t touched on like NZ’s very high suicide rate) – with our 41K homeless, a reminder that in Auckland 33K homes sit empty, owned by people who don’t even live here, while the Nats have been hocking off all the State Homes our predecessors built with blood sweat and tears after the bankers wars they fought in. The rationale for selling has been to pay off debt, whilst, as Bryan Bruce points out in our article links above, the Housing Corporation was operating at a profit. These people lie to us without even blinking.
So Key has a knighthood that in my opinion means absolutely nothing, in fact it is a damning reflection on the state of our once democratic nation that is now wholly sold out to the banking fraternity that is slowly but surely entwining the entire planet into its plan of global governance aka new world order, aka Agenda 21/2030 that really aims to inventory and control all land and resources on the planet. And it’s right on track.
(Reference; Treasury data between 2008-2016 Statistics NZ data 2008-2016 Reserve Bank data 2008-2016 Auckland City pollution data 2008-2016 Wellington City pollution records 2008-2016 Queenstown City Council records 2008-2016 )
Between 2008- 2016:
*The greatest increase in Population In NZ’s history. from 4.2 million in 2008 to 4.7 million today (500,000 people )
*Mortgage debt res $247.5 billion record high, 28 % increase in last 5 years
*Consumer debt $ 15.4 billion, 16 % increase in last 5 years
*Business debt, $91.34 billion
*Agriculture debt, $59.42 billion, record high
*Govt debt $ 112 billion Nov 2016
( all figures from Statistics NZ, Reserve Bank, Treasury)
* 500 000 extra people over the last 8 years, not one new hospital and the longest elective surgery wait lists in years.
* Between2008-2015 no extra funding for Police. Fewer Police per capita pre-Key to post- Key
* 36 million dollars taken out of DOC’s budget ( 2015 ) to pay for the costs of Immigration.
* Massive blowout in Corrections budget to pay for Prisons, 40 million dollars.
* Massive growth costs in Roading, Schooling, Health, Pensions, and Government Bureaucracy.
* More competition for our Fisheries.
* More demand /competition for our fresh water resources.
*More vehicles registered than ever in our history, over an 8 year period.
* Record environmental damage ( air pollution, landfill waste )recorded by councils in a number of main centres. Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton Queenstown.
* Enormous congestion problems now encountered in some of the main centres.
Whilst as far as we know the man himself is currently sunbathing in Hawaii at his $5.6 million holiday home, back here by all accounts, folks from afar are buying up property like there’s no tomorrow in the hopes of escaping the ‘apocalypse’ that the spin doctors aka whore media are whipping up.
Super-rich American “preppers” are buying up New Zealand land to escape to in case the US collapses or the poor rise up in revolt against them, The New Yorker reports…Foreigners bought over 3500 square kilometres of New Zealand in the first ten months of 2016, over four times as much as they did in the same period in 2010. Read more
41K+ Kiwis are Now Homeless
You only need scan Fascistbook for evidence of the spin. It gets more ridiculous by the hour and meanwhile, with NZ’s child poverty third worst in the developed world (UNICEF), more than 41K+ homeless Kiwis (2013 estimate) are sleeping in cars and garages. It’s to be hoped the new immigrants don’t have mental health issues.
“in this room that has no windows, no air conditioning, crumbling ceilings and cracks in the walls. It would give anyone nightmares let alone someone having a psychotic episode.”
“The concerns with the clinic became public after an email from Associate Health Minister and Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner, which said the whole of Canterbury’s medical system was under stress while the city was rebuilt after the earthquakes”.
Further, “The Christchurch earthquakes have been linked to at least 40 suicides, a Herald investigation of coroners’ reports has found”. Read more
“While the city was rebuilt after the earthquakes?” Five years have gone by and under John Key’s watch little has been done. One woman said that…
She has been dealing with her insurer, IAG, for the past two years on reaching a settlement. “It’s just been a continual rigmarole. It’s been absolutely crazy. They’re still denying the extent of my damage. They bought a geo-tech in that completely denied the impact on my property. I mean, you can see the impact.” Source
I know of people still living in caravans who lost their homes. Meanwhile Christchurch City Council has built a multi million dollar complex for themselves and helped fund art works in the Avon River.
The Christchurch City Council spent $502,000 on the pair of figures, garnering criticism at a time when rates were rising. Read more
Of course everybody knows a decimated city grieving the death of 185 people needs art works more than it needs housing for the homeless don’t they?
Housing Severely Unaffordable
And on the topic of the homeless, we learn of another of Key’s ‘wonderful’ legacies. Auckland’s housing market is now fourth least affordable in the world, with prices at ten times the median income. Radio NZ reports that housing in many NZ cities is ‘severely unaffordable’.
The annual Demographia survey, which compares prices to income in 404 cities, has ranked Auckland’s housing market the fourth least affordable in the world, the same as last year, with prices at 10 times the median income…
Hugh Pavletich, one of the report’s authors, said Auckland’s extreme house prices were a sign of failure, not success.
“It is actually a very serious situation. That’s double what a severely unaffordable market should be (5.1 or over). It’s a crisis situation in Auckland.”
“Mr Pavletich told Morning Report when National took office in 2008, house prices in Auckland were 6.4 times the median income.
He said if the government had been moderately competent, it would have worked to keep prices reasonable.
“And if they had actually gone on and actually done something, and actually quietly reduced prices over the last eight or nine years, our house prices would be about four times incomes now, and roughly about $330,000 for Auckland.”
Mr Pavletich urged the government to free up land supply and called on Prime Minister Bill English directly to lead all the political parties towards a consensus on how to deal with Auckland’s high housing costs.” Read more
And then there’s child poverty.
NZ’s Child Poverty Third Worst in Developed World (UNICEF)
Does Key feel any shame when viewing this on the UNICEF website? Or has he even seen it? The world is discussing how to alleviate NZ children’s poverty, while NZ’s ex PM is holidaying in a $5.6 million luxury pad?
Who Has Key Really Been Working For?
But really, are we surprized? Key who said pre election when garnering votes he would be working for NZ, has proven to have worked only for himself and his rich mates. Watch an exposé of his activities by the late Evelyn Gilbert (RIP Evelyn) interviewed by Vinny Eastwood at this link. (You can read more of Evelyn’s revelations on the banking industry at this link.)
Gareth Hughes from the Green Party reviewed Key’s accomplishments last year in Parliament. He summarizes them really well, worth the five minute listen.
And reflecting himself (?) on his proud legacy of homelessness, child poverty, pollution, asset sales, indebtedness and more, Key is sunbathing at his $5.6 million luxury pad in Hawaii. A severe case of ‘let them eat cake’. Not for one minute do I believe his timely departure had anything at all to do with Bronagh’s tiredness.
From the wide, shady “lanai” deck of John Key’s $5.6 million Maui holiday home, the view of the Pacific Ocean and Wailea Beach is sweeping. Below is the gated community of Ho’olei, part of the Wailea Beach development on the southern side of Maui – 600ha of world-class resorts, 2000 condominiums and 500 private homes, three championship golf courses, a dozen world class restaurants, countless pools, several luxury spas and the 12-court Wailea Tennis Club. It is the playground of the super wealthy, mostly American business people who have a second, third or fourth home at Wailea. Read more
Key’s Holiday Views Overlooking the Wailea Blue Golf Course, Hawaii
Key the Banker
Finally, watch Key’s gaze as Auckland anti-corruption activist Penny Bright calls him out on his banking activities and the very pertinent question, is he profiting personally from NZ’s very large debt? ..
See further videos exposing Key’s financial activities here.
This is shocking data. Are we surprised though? Really? Key has been minimizing the impact of his neo-liberal economics package upon the lower echelons of this increasingly lop sided state of affairs we have for some time now. See the myth that trickle down economics is and see the stark reality of what it causes, right here in these statistics. Children of the ‘great’ nations of US and Great Britain the latter once
heralding“civilization, peace and good government and knowledge of ‘the true God'” (British Parliamentary Papers, 1837) and then little old NZ,now ranking third highest in child poverty! Here we are in a return to the Dickensian era. And Key has scarpered off to Hawaii to escape the heat. Hanging out no doubt in the $6 mill mansion purchased under his watch while back here we have 40K+ homeless sleeping in cars and garages.
This Unicef paper can be accessed and downloaded via the link provided if you care to read the whole truth. It stems particularly from the 2008 debacle with the economic roulette brigade in Wall Street. That is what they are. Key will remember of course, being a banker and suspected of inside trading with our obscene debt. And having been somewhat involved historically with Wall Street. Read The Wall Street Gang by Richard Ney. Or The Secret History of the American Empire by John Perkins, especially if you are still of the persuasion the spin doctors are spinning, ‘the economy is stable’. All that is spinning people is our wheels. These characters are growing richer by the day. Economic recessions, notable people have been telling us for some time now, are scientifically created.
“Under the Federal Reserve Act, panics are scientifically created. The present panic is the first scientific one, worked out as we figure a mathematical equation.” (Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh, The Economic Pinch, 1921.)
They are not the result of unknown forces, the lie we’ve been fed for centuries … the vagaries of ‘the market’. Key and his cronies are by design taxing you 28% and themselves 2.8%. And should you work a second job to feed your family you will be taxed in the vicinity of 33% for that as well. If they had the will to, they could change that and fix poverty overnight. They are relying on your preoccupation with all the bread and circuses they are providing to keep you from knowing what is really going on here.
He who controls the money of a nation controls the nation (US President James Garfield 1881)
When you are done reading the UNICEF report, read our Banking/Money Trail and Agenda 21/2030 pages (be sure to check the sub pages) to see what is really going on. You won’t hear this in mainstream media. Then a must watch, check out Bryan Bruce’s documentary (also embedded below) on child poverty and see then if you still think your government which is really a corporation is not corrupt. Find related articles under ‘categories’ . And please do share this article and spread the word about all the untruths we’ve been told. Use the share buttons at the bottom of the page! Follow us & receive further updates.
“The data and observations in this Innocenti Report Card reveal a strong and multifaceted relationship between the impact of the Great Recession on national economies and a decline in children’s well-being since 2008. Children are suffering most, and will bear the consequences longest, in countries where the recession has hit hardest.”
This is very disturbing news. For starters 41,000 homeless is shocking beyond belief, in a land that once cared for its own. Top dollar for the real estate speculators is all that seems to matter now in Paradise as Key curries the favour of his rich friends and continues to profit from our growing indebtedness. All the while mouthing the hollow professions about building more homes … and selling off the existing housing stock from a corporation that was still making a profit. Please Kiwis, don’t vote the Nats in again. True, Labour is the lesser of two evils but Nats are more blatantly pro greed surely?
This really takes the cake so to speak, bringing ‘let them eat cake’ to a whole new level! The Daily Blog reports on the reception a legally blind woman had from her case worker recently in Auckland. Firstly she says to her “you don’t look blind” then she pulls out a piece of paper, hands it to her, folds her arms and demands she read it and prove her wrong! These are the depths to which our government/corporate offices have sunk nowadays. Bonuses are earned (I’ve heard from a former WINZ worker) by those who manage to save the company funds.
There are humane workers at WINZ offices who respect people. But there are also many, unfortunately, like this poor specimen, who humiliate and denigrate their customers (forgetting that without their customers they would have no job themselves). These stories have been rolling out of late with the current homelessness crisis and people sleeping rough in the cities, or in their cars even. We’ve also heard stories of people with cancer and leukemia being told to look for work, the latter in particular, a man with two children to support, and at the time sick in his hospital bed.
This attitude reflects the great disrespect our corporately biased system has for the lower income bracket particularly those without jobs and in this case, the disabled. White collar workers on the other hand, who defraud the system are treated very favourably, particularly by the justice system. Dr Lisa Marriott, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Accounting and Commercial Law at Victoria University, has stated that:
“Benefit fraud cost New Zealand $22 million in 2010, or around $5 for each New Zealander. While it is difficult to get accurate figures for tax evasion, the Tax Justice Network estimates New Zealand missed out on more than $7.4 billion of tax revenue in 2011, or around $1,500 per New Zealander…
So the figures for tax evasion are phenomenal while they are relatively small for benefit fraud…”
On top of all this the corporate media makes much of the vilified beneficiary who cheats the tax payer of the said $5, whilst it seldom if ever mentions the white collar criminal who cheats the same for $1500. Indeed it quite blatantly misleads the NZ public with its failure to mention these stats, stirring up hatred and disinfo against the less fortunate in our midst.
So much for justice and equity in our once prosperous welfare state. And let’s not forget, we once had full employment in this nation of ours. There was a job for everybody. And what happened to change that? It wasn’t the fault of people on benefits as the corporate media often subtly misleads us to believe. Let’s lay the blame squarely where it belongs…Rogernomics and the new neoliberal experiment … irresponsible governments that borrowed us into the big black hole we are now in. That has left an ever widening gap between rich and poor, and a crisis of homelessness that isn’t going to go away any time soon. Finally, keep in mind weare a corporation and corporations are about profits and not people.
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“You delivered tax cuts the country couldn’t afford and leave us $120 billion in debt, a superannuation crisis, crippling student loans and a generation locked out of home ownership” Gareth Hughes, Green Party
Our country NZ that we like to think of as being a democracy, technically has been one in name only for quite some time now. We are actually a corporation, listed on the Security and Exchange Commission website (SEC) as such, with the Queen as the listed owner. Indeed our local District Councils are also companies, listed on the Dun and Bradstreet website. Check it out. A company is ‘any formal business entity for profit which may be a corporation, a partnership or individual proprietorship’.
This has ramifications for how they both function. If corporations and companies have profits for shareholders as their primary concern, then how can they be true to democratic aspirations, or truly fulfill that function? We’ve already been seeing the outworking of this incompatibility for quite some time now. Constantly corporate interests are overriding any care for the environment, in spite of Horizons and District Councils’ much touted mantra of ‘sustainable development’. Big business aka corporations are not interested in cleaning up the damage they inflict and they hold little interest in preserving the environment. At least not beyond lip service anyway. They’re claiming ownership of our water supplies to sell off shore for profit, and charging local farmers far higher prices to tend to our own agricultural concerns. In our own district corporate interests are wrecking our roads and trashing our waterways with our own local Rangitikei District Council turning a blind eye and on loading the expense to the rate payers. Sustainable?
So here is a scathing address to John Key on the state of our nation by Gareth Hughes of the Green Party at the opening of Parliament. Laid bare, the facts are astonishing … he speaks truth …