One-third of all New Zealand children live below the poverty line
Posted by te2ataria on August 30, 2016
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About 100,000 New Zealanders are HOMELESS
“We have normalised child poverty as a society – that a certain level of need in a certain part of the population is somehow OK,” says Vivien Maidaborn, executive director of Unicef New Zealand.
“The empathy Kiwis are famous for has hardened. Over the last 20 years we have increasingly blamed the people needing help for the problem.
“If you can’t afford your children to have breakfast, you’re a bad budgeter. If you aren’t working you’re lazy. But our subconscious beliefs about some people ‘deserving’ poverty because of poor life choices no longer apply in today’s environment. We have to ask ourselves as a society, are we really prepared to let our children grow up this way?”
For a third of New Zealand children the Kiwi dream of home ownership, stable employment and education is just that – a dream.
For poor children in the developed South Pacific nation of 4.5 million illnesses associated with chronic poverty are common, including developing world rates of rheumatic fever (virtually unknown by doctors in comparable countries such as Canada and the UK), and respiratory illnesses.
Meals are irregular and nutritionally poor, consisting of meat pies, hot chips and 99c white bread. School attendance may be patchy or skipped entirely, and protective clothing and footwear for the harsh New Zealand climate is a luxury.
New Zealand’s most shameful statistic:
- A third of ALL New Zealand children, or 300,000, now live below the poverty line – 45,000 more than a year ago – and twice as many as did in 1984.
Unicef’s definition of child poverty in New Zealand: Children living in households who earn less than 60% of the median national income – NZ$28,000 a year, or NZ$550 a week.
- Cost of renting a garage in Auckland to live in: search the net!
[Rent in New Zealand is 26.04% higher than in Sweden – average data for all cities.]
Quotes by Poverty Experts:
- “If the homeless population were a hundred people, 70 are staying with extended family or friends in severely crowded houses, 20 are in a motel, boarding house or camping ground, and 10 are living on the street, in cars, or in other improvised dwellings,” said University of Otago researcher Dr Kate Amore.
- “It is interesting the world believes New Zealand to be an ideal country. But it’s more interesting that we also believe that myth about ourselves.” says Hirini Kaa, an academic on the management committee for Child Poverty Action Group, and an Anglican pastor.
- “Poor children in New Zealand don’t fully participate in life, they miss out on so many things that make life rich and meaningful. Like music, like sport, like a full education, like the expectation that they will grow up and find a job. The momentum in these young lives becomes about survival, nothing else,” says Linda Murphy, a social worker with the Auckland City Mission.
- “The consistent message from the government is that work is the route out of poverty, even though around 37% of children in poverty have two parents with two incomes. The government is doing as little as they can get away with … the most significant action they’ve taken is increasing the benefit by about $25 a week for beneficiaries with kids. That’s it – that’s the biggest thing they’ve done,” says associate professor Michael Anthony O’Brien from the school of social work at Auckland University.
- “We have to stop blaming the poor for being poor. The myth that these families are somehow inherently dysfunctional and they can’t look after their kids. That is not true. That children are failing because their families are bad. It is not true. The state is abusive, the welfare system is abusive, and after decades of this many people can’t cope,” says Darrin Hodgetts, a professor of societal psychology at Massey University and an expert on poverty in New Zealand, adding that the government’s stance that jobs would lead poor families out of poverty was nothing more than propaganda.
Figures published by the shameful government:
NZ Population: 4,710,404 [As at Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 at 05:11:54 p.m.| Pop clock
New Zealand’s population is estimated to increase by one person every 5 minutes and 2 seconds. This is based on the estimated resident population at 30 June 2016 and the following forecasts:
- One birth every 9 minutes
- One death every 15 minutes
- A net migration gain of one resident every 6 minutes and 29 seconds.