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Salvation Army’s 2017 State of the Nation Report: SNAFU

Posted by te2ataria on February 9, 2017

NO road fatality report allowed so far today!

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Hundreds of  thousands of  New Zealand children live in income poverty

Child Poverty: Number of children living below poverty line (50% of median income after housing costs): Hundreds of thousands (Exact no. not available! )

Criminal Nation:

  • Total charges prosecuted against adults (excl. traffic offences): Hundreds of thousands.
  • Number of unique victims of physical & sexual assaults: Tens of thousands.
  • Number of adults convicted of a criminal offence: 64,616
  • Number of unique victims of physical & sexual assaults: Tens of thousands, possibly many many more.
  • New Zealand’s prison population reached a record 9,851 and is set to exceed 10.000 this year.
  • The average cost (adjusted for inflation) of keeping a prisoner in prison has risen from $86,700 in 2010/11, to $91,000 in 2014/15, and in 2015/16 to $92,800.

Gambling  Nation: Per-capita spending on gambling rose 3% during 2016 to $623 for every adult. In 2010, it was slightly higher at $638 per adult. [The no. of homes that can be burgled  is finite! —Moderator.]

Alcoholic Nation: 19.3% of the adult population were assessed as drinking hazardously in 2015/16, which is 4.4% higher than in 2011/12.

Bankrupt Nation:  Average household debt rose 6.7% during 2015/16 to $144,400, while total household debt reached a record, equalling 96% of GDP (NZ$255bn).

Housing Availability: Almost 10,000 consents for new dwellings were issued in Auckland during 2015/16—the highest in 11 years. At the same time, the region’s population grew by 45,000 people, further adding to its housing shortage, which is estimated at more than 18,000 houses over the past five years.

Benefits and Pensions: The number of people receiving working-age benefits declined by just over 4,000 to 297,000, while the number of people being paid a retirement pension rose by 26,000.

Number of food parcels provided by The Salvation Army: 54,000 (2014), 55,200 (2015), 56,000 (2016).

Illicit Drugs: Convictions for illicit drug offences rose for the first time in seven years by 5.5% to 9,886. This is still 28% fewer than five years previously. [Speaks volume for police complicity?]

Off The Track is the 10th State of the Nation report from The Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit.

How accurate is the data provided by the Salvation Army?
“Auckland’s housing bubble continued to grow during 2016, with the median house price jumping 12% to almost $854,000,” says the report.

However, the average value of an Auckland home passed the $1 million mark in early September 2016. Quotable Value’s monthly house price index for Auckland in August hit $1,013,632 – up from July’s figure of $992,000.

Other News in Drips…

Name Release – Waikato River Drowning

The drowning victim in Waikato River near Aratiatia Dam/Aratiatia Rapids, north of Taupo on Monday 6 February was 21-year-old Rachael Louise De Jong, who was an Auckland university student . http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/name-release-%E2%80%93-waikato-river-drowning

RIP. Rachael Louise De Jong, 21, killed by drowning while swimming with friends in the Aratiatia Dam area of the Waikato River. Mercury Energy and the authorities responsible for the river could have prevented her death, we believe.

 

 

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