Shameless poverty in “Godzone”
Posted by te2ataria on July 18, 2016
sent by a reader in “Sewage City”
The next time somebody calls this toilet “Godzone”, or even a country…
A significant proportion of Kiwi teenagers are living in poverty, according to research conducted by Auckland University.
About “one in five secondary school students and nearly half of all Pacific students” are struggling, the study has revealed.
The massive problem was here to stay, said KidsCan chief executive Julie Chapman.
“With some families spending 60 to 70 per cent of their income on housing, there was little room for anything else,” a report quoted her as saying.
Recently there had been a big demand for hygiene packs for young adults, consisting of items such as deodorant, toothpaste and shampoo.
With the items expensive and many family budgets stretched there was often no room for them on the shopping list, she said. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/82211556/Half-of-all-New-Zealand-Pacific-teenagers-living-in-poverty-study-claims
The study used data from the Youth 2012 study of 8,500 students, and was ;published in the International Journal for Equity in Health.
Poverty and living conditions
- In 2015, some 305,000 (29%) of dependent 0–17 year olds were living in income poverty defined using a relative threshold measure of below 60% of the median income after housing costs were taken into consideration. In 2013, the percentage was 24%. In 1982, the percentage was 14%. (Source: http://www.nzchildren.co.nz/)
Other news in drips…
GeoNet celebrates 15 years of monitoring shakes [and saving hundreds of lives]
Geonet has recorded three hundred and fourteen thousand earthquakes, or 57 each day, over the past 15 years. Thanks to their predictions, hundreds of live have been saved. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11676650
Truth about the daily road carnage on the roads hurts the massive foreign investment in New Zealand including the $10 billion tourism industry.
[The Stock of total foreign investment in New Zealand: Total investment in NZ$ 322,279 million, according to the a report posted at https://www.nzte.govt.nz/en/invest/statistics/ ]
Blog estimate: About 900 people are killed on NZ roads each year. [Most probably] up to 499 road fatalities have occurred in NZ since 1 January 2016.
Blog estimate: About 900 people are killed on NZ roads each year. [Most probably] up to 499 road fatalities have occurred in NZ in the first 200 days of 2016 [year to July 18.]
Three (or four) more crash fatalities on deadly Desert Rd
A car collided with a 16 tonne, four axle truck that was carrying waste substances, killing at least three people and critically injuring a fourth person on the deadly Desert Road this morning. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11676467