And so it continues … thousands of dollars spent by the corporation on motels that could be funneled into deposits for houses. Wonder how is treasonous Roger Douglas these days with his big experiment? Oh that’s right, he’s a SIR now & living luxuriously in Auckland last I noted. Along with the other treasonous governments that have sold off our state housing stock & never gotten around to replacing it. EWR
EnvirowatchRangitikei Read up on Douglas’s globalist Neo Liberal economics experiment that they crow was a success. Was for them but for the majority, complete disaster. Screwed our nation big time & still doing it. Liars. He is a SIR now. You can hear him interviewed recently at this link. He claims his policies worked & witness the fact no successive govts changed them. That is because they are also globalists (not to mention also that ours and theirs are corporations not governments). Meanwhile we have child poverty (2nd highest in developed world), high suicide rate & yes, 43K homeless. The Nats sold off our state housing. Thousands of good homes to access the real estate under them. These people are thieves and robbers. They are not serving the NZ people at all. They simply pretend to. EWR
Once a pioneer of the social welfare state, New Zealand now has over 40,000 people who are homeless, forced to live in their cars and in garages as a result of rapid house price and rent rises and a shortage of social housing. Al Jazeera correspondent Tarek Bazley visits South Auckland and meets two families – one with six children living in a derelict garage, the other who lived with three teenagers for months in their car – and charts the country’s fall from and egalitarian society to one with deep divisions of wealth Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
So this mainstream article (below) is announcing the Nats’ new policy plans for NZ and is basically all about controlling the poor. What an easy target. What are they afraid of?
Wake up folks, it’s easier to bash the vulnerable than to hold the rich & powerful to account.
Predictably, as parties do, they are hustling up support ready for the next election …that illusory option of choice. Bridges is playing the old ‘bash the beneficiary’ card. A sure winner for the wealthy in times of need. Those ‘bad sole mothers, gang members, non vaxers’ (who don’t want to risk maiming or killing their offspring) … and yes the poor, working or otherwise. (He obviously hasn’t noticed the working folk who are living in cars). And clearly Bridges hasn’t read about the 1 in 39 injured from vaccines or he knows & just figures the rest of us are too dumb to know. Do show us Simon, the studies that compare vaccinated kids with non vaccinated … if you can find any that is. Wake up folks, even Labour said pre last election they hadn’t ruled out mandatory vaccination, in spite of telling us they’re not going to do it (yet). It is all a game of rhetorics gently nudging you in a specific direction that they won’t divulge yet for fear of you revolting.
And they’re going after the people they want in paid WORK when there are no jobs for them. If you will ascribe to a social policy that does not value people & their usefulness to wider society & each other Simon … that favours corporate profit & automation by machines over people with real jobs & roofs over their heads (like we used to have), then unemployment is what you get. So stop blaming the poor for that & lay the blame where it belongs. I lived through the era when we had full employment & I witnessed what killed it. It wasn’t ‘lazy’ gang members, sole mothers or anti vaxxers, it was Neolib economics courtesy of Roger Douglas who should be tried for treason. Bashing us is a smoke screen.
Just be honest Simon. You should be going after the corporations (your mates) that cream off the nation’s wealth & send it off shore, that make their millions & pay no taxes. And what about the white collar criminals who plunder with impunity? Why not tax the rich who currently pay peanuts?
And what are you going to do about our climbing suicide rate? Child poverty? Homelessness? (That your predecessors sent into landslide mode?) Remember … the masses are waking up. Look at France and the yellow vests that mainstream never reports on. They are realizing they are the 99% and you a mere 1%. This is the ultimate end of your greedy profiteering policies.
Wake up folks, it’s easier to bash the vulnerable than to hold the rich & powerful to account.
Watch Bryan Bruce’s excellent doco, Mind the Gap:
READ SIMPLE SIMON’S POLICY PROPOSALS AT STUFF:
“The National Party has signalled a crackdown on welfare alongside longer hospital stays for new mothers if elected next year.
The crackdown could include a time-limit on the dole for under 25-year-olds and a sanction for parents on benefits who don’t immunise their children.
The party’s social services discussion document, released on Wednesday, includes a mixture of concrete policies it wants to enact if elected next year as well as proposals it wants feedback on….
Who ever would have thought four decades ago that NZ would ever come to this? A country that once saw all were housed and had jobs until treasonous Roger Douglas got all the corporate snouts in the public trough & sold us down the river. I’ve read recently that studies reveal it Is cheaper to actually house the homeless than to spend this kind of money policing them.
Giving Homes to the Homeless is Cheaper Than Leaving them on the Street. Here’s Proof One study cited by Mother Jones tracked 4,679 chronically homeless people in New York City and found that their emergency room visits, jail costs, shelter stays, and other uses of public welfare programs cost, on average, $40,449 per person, per year. When they were put in supportive housing, the state saved $16,282 per person. Denver conducted a similar study and found that for each homeless person given supportive housing, taxpayers saved $17,858 per person each year over a two-year period. And according to a Mother Jones infographic, support housing for a homeless person in Los Angeles’ Skid Row cost taxpayers just $605 per person, per month, as opposed to $2,897 per person per month if they remained on the street. READ MORE AT THE LINK
Read stuff’s article below on how NZ is literally tackling poor vulnerable citizens forced to live on the streets. In a proven not cost effective way. How ever will the government house the incoming thousands of refugees I wonder? After all they’ve hocked off a large chunk of our state owned houses (to profiteer on the real estate under them) and they could’ve kept those for refugees and Kiwis … and they’re now building high rise stack and pack apartments in the cities instead. High rise chicken coops all wired up to 5G no doubt. And their goal with this mission here is to make you feel safer? EWR
“Hamilton City Council has recruited a team of five to combat begging in the suburbs.
The one-year trial, set to cost $230,000, is an extension of the City Safe service and will target nuisance and anti-social behaviour.
The team, which will work seven days a week, will patrol suburbs including Dinsdale, Hillcrest and Hamilton East.
The goal is to make people feel safer in their communities, according to a statement from council.”
“The new staff come from a variety of backgrounds including police, military and security,” City Safe Operations manager Paul Blewman said.
“The team speak numerous languages including Chinese, Indian, Filipino and Korean which will be a benefit when working with Hamilton’s multicultural population.”
The service was agreed to by council in the 2019/2020 Annual Plan.
“Success of City Safe in the central city to deter begging and anti-social behaviour has resulted in an increase in complaints about such behaviour now occurring in a number of suburban areas where there is no City Safe presence,” according to a council document.
As my late mama would have said, they’re like pigs into muck. Wallowing in profits they are … like there’s no tomorrow.
And as Christine Lagarde CE of IMF said (infamously):
Neo lib is great at kicking the can down the road & hollering ‘let ’em eat cake’. And so for Kiwis since Rogernomics, increasing numbers have found themselves unable to buy a home or even find one to rent these days. We have 43K homeless, many of those living in sheds, garages & even cars. Unheard of once in the (once) clean, green Godzone.
I went with someone recently to look at accommodation in a block of rental apartments in a NZ city.
On the Real Estate ads the flat looked not too bad really. Not top of the line at the price but average & humbly comfortable… by the looks. The yard also. Even a google street view showed a not too bad looking block of apartments. However, in real time I was in for a big shock. It was basically a 21st Century ‘slum’. Rubbish lying around in the open garages, old furniture left behind presumably by tenants, paint peeling off the exterior of this pair of two storied concrete edifices, shabby curtains, weeds galore growing out of the concrete and the tenants communal open decking at the center looking nothing like the nice on line images. Certainly not maintained or kept up to date since the google pics.
There was more in store.
The real estate employee & myself wended our way up the two flights of concrete stairs outside of the narrow landing that led to the only entrance to the ‘apartment’. Once inside, there was the musty smell of old damp, stained carpet, a cracked window & paint peeling off the ceiling.
Depressing & Dickensian really.
I asked if they intended repainting. Oh yes the worst paint-peeling ceiling (only) would be painted eventually, but not before (the lucky) tenant moved in. And ‘had we looked at anything else yet?’ checking to see if we realized how scarce the housing supply currently was. (I was well aware having just noted a woman now camping because her rental had sold). I asked if it was up to earthquake proof standard. ‘I hope so’ was the reply. A call later to the government tenancy services told me (rather vaguely) that no there had been no rule changes since 2010, 2011, hinting presumably at the Christchurch quake that remember killed hundreds of people. I reminded her that nobody had ever been held accountable for the CTV building collapse and the people who died in that preventable disaster. Her only advice was that tenants should complain about these things (yeah right). I politely reminded her that there is a housing crisis & tenants are on a back foot. I really wouldn’t be holding my breath that the (well known) Real Estate Agent that starts with ‘H’ would be either painting or ensuring it was earthquake safe in the foreseeable future. In my humble opinion it was being milked for all it was worth, just as the housing crisis is being milked, until finally it’ll be bulldozed for the prime real estate it is (yes on a hill, over looking water … albeit stinkingly polluted water courtesy of sewage & other disposal for over half a century by local Councils like the rest of the country’s councils, doing what they do best … can kicking).
I had a search around the newspapers about the current housing ‘crisis’ (they write about it like it’s a big surprize that’s come from left field … nary a mention of the thousands of state homes, a public asset hocked off by Key’s government to property developers). I found many articles on people’s awful predicaments. We have folk in NZ living in garages, sheds and even their cars. This is a crisis Jacinda was intending to make a dent in but has indicated it’s now being kicked down the road a bit further, more foot dragging from our esteemed authorities.
Thanks Roger Douglas. Your experiment on the NZ public isn’t working.
The usual foot dragging with nary a mention of all the state house (aka property) sell offs. Forty three thousand still homeless, living in cars, garages & sheds. That hasn’t all gone away meantime, rents soar to beyond affordable and agents I see now have the luxury of letting applicants make the highest bid. At least the developers are happy. They’ve been having a heyday since Key’s regime.
Sad what NZ has become. I spotted a video recently extolling the virtues of Rogernomics. By the Free To Choose, trickle down theorists. Couldn’t resist commenting, ” What a wonderful success this was. We now have 43K homeless. Large part of our State housing stock gone to property developers. One of the highest suicide rates in the world. Highest rate of child poverty in the developed world. Rivers so filthy you can only now swim in 40% of them. Oh and lets not forget the $124,518, 490, 682 debt last time I looked. Great stuff Roger Douglas. First pain (for the poor) then gain (for the rich).
So the KiwiBuild is to be recalibrated as the interim targets are scrapped reports stuff which is of course fancy corporate speak for ‘homelessness is not really a priority’.
The must watch at this point is Bryan Bruce’s ‘Mind the Gap’ documentary. He exposes all of the above.
KiwiBuild to be ‘recalibrated’ as interim targets are scrapped
KiwiBuild’s “interim” targets for this electoral term have been scrapped as the Government recalibrates the programme.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Housing Minister Phil Twyford told media from their caucus retreat on Wednesday that their commitment to building 100,000 affordable homes over the next decade remains intact, but the interim targets for this term did not.
The Government has been dealing with the fallout from an admission by Twyford that the Government would not be able build 1000 of the homes by July 1, its first interim target. Instead it expects to build just 300.
The KiwiBuild policy aims to build 100,000 affordable homes for first-home buyers over 10 years, half of them in Auckland.
While in Opposition, Labour said the “ramp-up” period would mean only 16,000 of those homes would be built in its first term. Once in Government, Twyford set three interim targets to get to that 16,000 – 1000 by July 2019, another 5000 by July 2020, and another 10,000 by July 2021.
Those targets are now gone, but new interim targets could appear as part of the recalibration process.
Ardern said the interim targets had not been a “useful way” to demonstrate the Government’s progress on the policy.
“Yes we still need to be transparent, we still need to demonstrate to voters the progress we are making.”
To watch Bryan Bruce’s revealing documentary at Youtube, click on this link.
This is a real eye opener, especially if you were born after the nineties. I remember how it was as do all the other folk of my generation. Pre Rogernomics ripoff. And I heard/read recently a comment by Roger Douglas who conceded Rogernomics may not have been a good thing or words to that effect. (A woops in other words). I don’t buy that. He & others like him were well looked after following the ruination of our country. Travelling the world, educating others on their supposed ‘success’, teaching their policies of structural adjustment. Successfully ruined a lot of people & feathered their own nests would be more to the point. These people have no heart for those who suffer at their hands. Zilch.
Delivering her pre-Budget speech to a Business New Zealand audience, Labour prime minister Ardern said business confidence was “the elephant in the room”.
Business confidence has apparently been low since the new government took office. A business confidence survey conducted by NZIER found businesses had become pessimistic about economic outlook for the first time in two years after Labour assumed office.
There is no need to worry.
Over the last hundred and two years, Labour has demonstrated a loyalty to capitalism that can’t really be faulted. During the 1951 waterfront workers lockout, possibly the most tense class standoff after the land wars in New Zealand history, Labour delivered for the class they have always answered to. “Labour is neither for nor against the watersiders,” party leader Walter (later Sir Walter) Nash declared.
The pattern of behaviour continued in later years, all down the line.
Following the stock market crash of October, 1987 capitalism was in trouble. State-owned enterprises started shedding thousands of workers. Factories closed – over one hundred and forty in Auckland in less than two years – along with hundreds of shops and offices.
Bankruptcies were up by fifty percent, eighty-six thousand jobs disappeared and unemployment in New Zealand was up to over 180,000 by early 1989.
So the suspicions of many of us were not unfounded, highlighted here by Labour Party’s Rob McCann. Those services promised for the life of the pensioner housing tenants’ contracts may likely come unwrapped & get tossed in the recycle bin in 12 years time. We were assured that their current contracts with HDC would continue, and yet the agreement with the property developer cum community housing provider we’re told actually has an end date & HDC isn’t highlighting that. The tenants who were ‘consulted’
vigorously (over a free dinner) are currently of the understanding things won’t be changing. But all the warm, fuzzy spin about the long term wrap around services are likely just that. Spin. They were sugar coating the bitter pill of privatization methinks. Funny isn’t it? Privatization (aka selling off the family silver) was always sold to us as such a good thing. Like the Emperor’s new clothes. But we all know it’s not & that’s especially illustrated by the fact that they surround it with smoke and mirrors. In this case they threw the one dissenting voice off the housing committee to allow for ‘true’ democracy to occur. (That was the Mayor who it seems isn’t allowed to exercise his democratic right to disagree with them). Then they conducted everything in private secret-squirrel style. ‘Nothing to see here’.
Alternatively they coat the sell-off plans with sugar by including terms like ‘wrap around services’, ‘social commitment’, ‘inclusiveness’, ‘affordability’, ‘sustainability’ (that Agenda 21 buzz word again), ‘compassion’, ‘specialist support’ and so on. Some of us though don’t fall for that. The older folks among us can sniff a rodent five miles away. They remember how it used to be (full employment, all housed, healthy kids, very little poverty) but lived through the era when Rogernomics drove us down the promised path of prosperity that now sees us featuring in UNICEF’s hall-of-shame stats. Highest teen suicide rate in the world? Well done NZ. And welcome to the new fuzzy world of global citizenship and global governance. Joining any dots folks? It’s simply not adding up. EnvirowatchHorowhenua
Horowhenua District Council being economic with the truth
Horowhenua District Council being economic with the truth on housing sales
“This is privatisation of public assets. Simply put, it is an asset sale, and the manner of the sale almost beggars belief,” says Mr McCann.
“Horowhenua District Council’s sale of pensioner flats has left many important questions unanswered”, says Otaki’s Labour candidate, Rob McCann, who is adamantly opposed to the sale.
“The Council has opted not to point out to the public that the agreement with the new providers expires in just 12 years. That is, quite simply, unbelievable. “One of the community’s major concerns was to ensure that the dwellings would remain as Pensioner Housing stock. And yet, here it is in writing, that the agreement lasts only for twelve years. That is stunning, and makes a mockery of the council talking about the “best fit” and “solution” for the community. The deal allows for a future where there is no guarantee that these Pensioner Flats even remain as community housing.”
Mr McCann says the Council has also opted not to highlight that only 105 of the 115 houses are covered by the social housing purpose. “What will happen to the other ten? And there is little mention of the 1.1 hectares of land plot that is part of the sale. Will this be given to the property developers?”
Astoundingly, there is simply no guarantee that the housing will even remain as ‘Pensioner Housing’, given CE David Clapperton’s reference to it merely as ‘Community Housing’, as reported in the Horowhenua Chronicle.
“This is privatisation of public assets. Simply put, it is an asset sale, and the manner of the sale almost beggars belief,” says Mr McCann.
“The Council outlined the sale of the Pensioner flats at a press conference without even inviting the Mayor. This is extraordinary. Whether you agree with his stance on various issues or not, to exclude the Mayor just because he opposes the sale is simply another example of a flawed sale process conducted by this council.
“It seems that the council has opted to continue to ‘spin the sale’ to the public, rather than reveal all the details, and it was therefore disappointing to see a local front page story without a number of pertinent facts,” says Mr McCann.
“I understand that the press conference was hastily called once details of the sale were leaked, especially the information that the prospective purchasers – and ultimate owners of the land and housing stock – are property developers, not social housing providers,” said Mr McCann.
“There is a clear housing crisis in this country, and decisions such as this represent a transfer of wealth from the community to the private sector. This does nothing to avert the housing crisis”.
Mr McCann says that Horowhenua District Council must answer these questions and also discontinue this appalling process.
For those who’ve been reading the writing on the wall our little down under paradise is becoming more fascist by the day. You need to look a little deeper than mainstream however. It’s there though & it’s come in tiny increments. Keep watching. EnvirowatchRangitikei
by Manuela Cadelli, President of the Magistrates’ Union of Belgium, via Defend Democracy
The time for rhetorical reservations is over. Things have to be called by their name to make it possible for a co-ordinated democratic reaction to be initiated, above all in the public services.
Liberalism was a doctrine derived from the philosophy of Enlightenment, at once political and economic, which aimed at imposing on the state the necessary distance for ensuring respect for liberties and the coming of democratic emancipation. It was the motor for the arrival, and the continuing progress, of Western democracies.
Neoliberalism is a form of economism in our day that strikes at every moment at every sector of our community. It is a form of extremism.
Fascism may be defined as the subordination of every part of the State to a totalitarian and nihilistic ideology.
I argue that neoliberalism is a species of fascism…
No it wasn’t some unfortunate slip of responsibility or some such. It was planned. We went from full employment & thriving small towns with all facilities, to the rule of the super rich and corporations and the demise of democracy, both locally and nationally. You need to fight this with all your might at your local level. Watch & see how it all happened. EnvirowatchRangitikei
“The neoliberal revolution in New Zealand. In the early 1980s a group of free market economists came to dominate policy at the New Zealand Treasury. With the election of the Labour Party in 1984 and the appointment of Roger Douglas as finance minister, the new right elite took power and began relentlessly and ruthlessly turning New Zealand into their vision of the model free market state.
“A coherent and comprehensive account of the years which will define this country for a century to come.” New Zealand Herald.”
John Key’s government has managed to continue the work begun by Ruth Richardson and has obviously learned from Jenny Shipley’s mistake of not ensuring public acceptance of drastic welfare change. Ruth Richardson’s Mother of All Budgets is regarded as the most significant step in dismantling our welfare state. Drastically cutting welfare benefits was a deliberate strategy to drive down wage costs. It was Richardson’s belief that maintaining unemployment at around 5% and keeping welfare payments low, workers would then be more likely to accept lower wages. Child poverty was around 8% pre 1991 but escalated to 15% by 1992. While there was some reduction under the previous Labour Government, with the introduction of the Working for Families tax credit, child poverty is now close to 30% in 2016.
Here is some enlightening weekend viewing. Learn why our respective nations have undergone such radical changes in recent decades. The oldies among us will tell you this. Things are not as they were.
New Zealand has changed dramatically since the late ’80s when the new neo liberal economic policies called Rogernomics set in. We are now the reapers of that earlier Government’s folly, and paying a price. Where once we had full employment and no debt, we are now in debt … big time (climbing $27 million per day) and subject to the control of big business. Borrowing millions per week to stay afloat? Our grandparents must be turning in their graves. That was the unfortunate ‘NZ Experiment’ that sold us down the river, and with our assets now going … going … gone, we no longer enjoy the sovereignty we once had. They sold off our family silver as it were under the fancy name of ‘privatization’. (A new term, note, that gives a professional air and shifts the focus off what is really happening). We were told it was to pay our national debt but we are now more in debt than ever … it clearly hasn’t worked. Our country is now a corporation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and our government departments likewise. There is your clue. Corporations have one bottom line: PROFITS.
As an early NZ settler of colonial times stated:
The whole and entire object of everyone here is making money, the big fishes eating the little ones (‘The Rich List’, G Hunt p 29)
So ‘filthy lucre’ if you like was uppermost back then as well … the driving motive for expansion to other shores was not as we’ve been led to believe … to bring civilization and Christianity … these were merely by-products.
With this corporatisation everything began to operate on a business model, and instead of people with related background experience matching the kind of government department they served, we saw people appointed with purely business skills. Their focus became figures and profitability, not people, so social service and health departments were required to predict their costs in advance based on historical data. Quite a feat when dealing for instance with child abuse. Government departments were subjected to restructuring (the new catch word given to the changes … known also in other countries by other names like ‘structural adjustment’) and told it was so they could all work smarter. In fact, where I worked at the time, I likened it to musical chairs. When the music stopped there were less bums on seats in the office. And the music kept playing, and the seats kept disappearing. The folks on the ground inherited more work from their now absent colleagues, and the CEOs inherited fatter salaries to ensure (I suspect) the new status quo remained. It was a classic case of smoke and mirrors and happened across the board. Friends of mine in other professions complained of being buried in mountains of new paper requirements, the face of their jobs completely changing, and leaving less time for people.
So now we see evidence of this business model everywhere, with their whole raison d’etre being profits, while the memory of a caring welfare state is becoming more and more elusive by the year. In rural communities it still sticks out like a sore toe because it clashes with their longtime ethic of community and caring.
On that note, as you ponder on the origins of our (and many other countries’) demise into the debt abyss … grasp an overview of the root cause of these problems in ‘The Biggest Bank Heist Ever’. It is all about making money, the big fishes eating the little fishes. Remember, it is a mythical illusion that all can succeed under capitalism. Wakefield himself of the NZ Company openly stated that they would keep the price of land high enough so that not all could own any (1).
(1) Miller J (Early Victorian New Zealand) p 4
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