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What Now, Antisocial Psycho Key?

Posted by te2ataria on September 19, 2009

sent by an angry Kiwi in Australia

219,627 New Zealand Children live in poverty

As New Zealand’s military spending increases, so does the number of its children living in poverty!

New Zealand spends about $2.2 billion on its military racket and a large, undeclared sum on its secret operations  annually.

Unsurprisingly, the number of New Zealand children living in poverty has increased by  20,000 children and counting. There are now 219,627 children in the country who depend on welfare, says the NZCCSS vulnerability report. Children live in poverty because their families are poor. To get the real picture, therefore, the number of poor children should be multiplied by a factor of about 4. That means a minimum total of about 880,000 New Zealanders live in poverty, or 21% of the population.

A coalition of non-government agencies estimates that 10,000 of the 60,000 children born in New Zealand in 2009, would be born into poverty.

Grimmond said many such children live with the consequences for the rest of their lives, especially if parents argue, fight or break up because they are unable to cope with the financial pressures.

“Children who grow up poor have worse employment and earnings outcomes than others, partly because of the impact on educational attainment,” he said.

“This creates wide-ranging costs for society higher welfare, remedial education and other costs.”

Trevor McGlinchey, executive officer for NZCCSS, says children whose parents or sole parent receive welfare assistance were far more likely to live in poverty.

“If you were not taking any notice you would think New Zealand was full of happy, healthy kids, wouldn’t you? But no, it’s not the case. There are a couple of hundred thousand kids in NZ whose next meal is not guaranteed.

“There are a couple of hundred thousand kids who often share a house with another family, who are not able to participate in cultural and sporting activities and generally do the things that other kids do.”

The vulnerability report shows demand at food banks and budget services is increasing.

The Wesley Community Action Porirua Foodbank observed, “a 62% increase in the month between June and July. It is handing out food to 218 adults and nearly 300 children.”

The Christchurch City Mission is handing out 40 food parcels a day, compared with 25 a year ago. The Auckland City Mission has reported a 52% increase in demand for food parcels in the six months to June, and the New Plymouth Foodbank has reported a 44% increase in people needing food parcels.

Salvation Army report shows “a 30% increase in the number of families needing help with clothing, bedding and budget advice.”  Major Campbell Roberts said: “Families who have managed well now require help. In the last quarter of this year [to June], 7000 families sought assistance from us; 5000 of those families we had not seen before.”

McGlinchey says the worry now is rising unemployment, which increased 20% in the June quarter. There were 50,855 people receiving unemployment benefit in June, compared with 17,710 in June last year.

According to McGlinchey, an increasing number of formerly high- and middle-income families need help to service mortgages and make end meet.

Many families are said to be ineligible for Work and Income support.

Mr Key, by what reason, or logic is New Zealand wasting at least $220,000  for every child born into poverty, sending soldiers to kill the peoples of Afghanistan?

Mr Key you’re enriching your mates in the security-military-complex at the expense of poor kiwi kids.

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