bludgers

It isn’t a business if it needs more government money

The sad face of a bludger looking to bludge some more but has been told no

The sad face of a bludger looking to bludge some more but has been told no

Some people really have an entitlement mentality.

A Southland woman who has received financial assistance from the Government to start a business has accused it of “dropping the ball” just as she is getting established.

The woman, Jill Bradshaw, says she will have to close her business unless the Government continues to support her.

However, the Ministry of Social Development says Bradshaw has received the maximum funding available for her business and there is now an expectation it be sustainable.

Bradshaw said if the Government did not continue to support her, the approximately $50,000 of government assistance she had received over the last few years would be wasted.

The road to starting her own business began several years ago when Bradshaw was working in a furniture shop.

It isn’t her own business…it is funded and subsidised by the government.   Read more »

Professional sports team gets millions in corporate welfare

Steve Joyce’s personal slush fund, Callaghan Innovation, has handed professional sports team TeamNZ potentially millions in corporate welfare.

Team New Zealand has received a handy financial boost through the awarding of a government research and development grant.

The Kiwi syndicate has been selected to receive Callaghan Innovation Growth Grant – the same scheme that has assisted Emirates Team NZ’s key rivals and America’s Cup holders Oracle Team USA. Oracle’s Warkworth-based boat-building operations, Core Builder Composites, was confirmed as a recipient of the grant in August 2014.

The grant gives taxpayer funding of 20 per cent of its R&D spend, up to a maximum of $5m for three years, plus GST. Companies can therefore get theoretical maximum funding of $17.25m.   Read more »

Mike Yardley on student loan bludgers

Mike Yardley lets rip on student loan bludgers.

The melange of migration-related headline grabbers in the past week brings into sharp focus what New Zealand is doing right and also badly wrong.

Inland Revenue (IRD) and our border control authorities are finally flashing their fangs against unrepentant student loan defaulters, who couldn’t give a flying fig about paying their dues to the taxpayer.

The warning bell clanged loudly before Christmas that Kiwis abroad heading home for the holidays may be arrested at the border if they’ve defaulted on their student loan. IRD starkly warned that those in “serious default” may be grounded until they have a repayment scheme in place.

Ngatokotoru Puna’s airport arrest over his $130,000 debt should serve as a potent deterrent to others, who blithely thumb their nose at their repayment obligations, don’t give a damn about their billowing debt, make no effort to contact IRD, and think they can swan in and out of New Zealand with impunity.

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UN continues to help Climate change “refugee”, ignoring he is unsuitable and violent

Another person cuddled by Labour despite being a violent ratbag is still harping on about being a “climate refugee” and the stupid United Nations is entertaining his forlorn efforts to return to NZ to bludge off us.

A second United Nations appeal is set to be filed for a Kiribati man who unsuccessfully battled to become New Zealand’s first climate change refugee.

Ioane Teitiota, 39, was deported in September after a long court battle to stay in the country.

He argued for years that his family’s health would be at risk if they returned to Kiribati, which is endangered by rising sea levels and water supplies contaminated by salt and sewage.

His wife Angua Erika and their three New Zealand-born children followed Mr Teitiota back to Kiribati after his deportation.

Now his Auckland-based lawyer Michael Kidd is set to file an application on his behalf, under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

“By deporting he and his family back there, both New Zealand and the Kiribati governments have breached his rights because of impending catastrophe,” he said.

Since their arrival back in Kiribati, Mr Teitiota’s young son had caught an infection and had been completely covered in boils – evidence the family was already suffering, Mr Kidd said.

He had not heard from his client for a month, as he was only contactable via Facebook, but at last contact Mr Teitiota and his family were staying with relatives on Tarawa Atoll.

“They’re just living hand to mouth….they sounded pretty desperate.”

Mr Teitiota had not found a job, he said.

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Bludger returns from holiday complaining he’s got no money

A bludger returns from an overseas holiday complaining he’s got no money and the WINZ offices are closed!!

A glitch in the Ministry of Social Development computer system yesterday caused delays for anyone wanting to sign on for a benefit.

An unemployed 30-year-old Dunedin man, who did not want to be named, said Work and Income’s offices had been closed for most of the Christmas holiday period, so it had been difficult for him to book an appointment to sign on for the Jobseeker Support benefit.

I’m just back from overseas and I’m fairly broke so I need to get on to the dole to get some money.

When he called Winz yesterday to book an appointment, he was greeted “with a long string of automated messages” and was then put on hold for 30 minutes, before an operator told him an appointment could not be made due to technical problems.   Read more »

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Lindsay Mitchell tears the Morgan Foundation a new one

Lindsay Mitchell has written to the Dominion Post but, with their poor circulation, her letter will barely get read.

So, in the interests of greater coverage and transparency, here is her blog post calling out the Morgan Foundation.

An article appeared in this morning’s DomPost from one Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw of the Morgan Foundation. Apparently the first of three.

My response by way of a letter-to-the-editor:

Dear Editor

Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw of the Morgan Foundation (DomPost, Jan 1) argues that giving families cash with “no strings attached” is the best way of reducing child poverty. To support her argument she quotes from The Economist, “Unconditional Cash Transfers work better than almost anyone would have expected. They dent the stereotype of poor people as inherently feckless and ignorant”.    Read more »

Every year, more people want free food

The Media Party is once again ramping up their pimping the poor stories for Christmas.

And once again they are making claims that hordes of people queuing up for free food is an indication of poverty and struggle when it really only shows that the bludging mentality is strong amongst many of our population.

With just seven days to go before Christmas, record queues of desperate Kiwis have become a permanent fixture outside the Auckland City Mission. This year, the aid organisation has seen the largest numbers of people seeking help and an alarming number of “first time” clients requesting food parcels and presents for children.

Auckland’s City Missioner Dame Diane Robertson said a third of people were making contact with the mission for the first time.    Read more »

How can 20 people get so much media coverage?

Twenty losers, dropkicks and rowdies go and try to disrupt a Christmas party and all the news networks cover it like the whole of Auckland turned out to protest the National Party.

3News:

Auckland Action Against Poverty set its sights on National’s Christmas party today, taking aim at the Government’s management of the country’s poor.

Protestors tried to storm the venue in west Auckland, determined to put a stop to holiday celebrations.

It looked as though the National Party’s Christmas bash was over before it even began. It wasn’t Christmas carollers on National’s doorstep today, but protestors with a clear message, singing: “party’s over, time for change”.

The protesters came in force – a large group of them turned up in vans before trying to storm the venue, with a number of them then chaining themselves to the front gate.

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Another “killer” state house. Haven’t they heard of cleaning and ventilating the place?

Can't be that cold...he's in shorts and a wife-beater.

Can’t be that cold…he’s in shorts and a wife-beater.

It’s always the house’s fault…or the government’s.

No one appears to have considered that it might actually be a case of Silly First Name Syndrome.

Baby Ioane is only seven months old, but he wheezes like a sick old man.

He has been in and out of hospital seven times in his short life, and his family have been told that what they call their “damp, cold, mouldy, smelly” state house in Porirua East is contributing to the host of respiratory conditions he suffers from.

Doctors have told Ioane’s parents, Jaymie Tihore, 20, and William Aue, 19, to move their family – twins Ioane-Ephraim and Connor-Rei Aue and asthmatic 3-year-old Ngakau-Lei Tihore – out of the house until it’s fixed.      Read more »

Labour still tits at maths

Labour looks for bad news in everything, including good news.

Fewer people coming off a benefit and moving into work shows a “stalling economy” and a “failing Government”, says Labour.

But the Government says Labour had gotten its maths wrong on figures the party obtained.

While the real numbers of beneficiaries moving into work had decreased, the overall percentage of people going into work had actually gone up, as the total pool of beneficiaries decreased, said Social Development Minister Anne Tolley.

Labour’s social development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni said she stood by the argument, and they still showed there was a proportionate decrease in the number of people going into work, than the year prior.

The figures released to Labour under the Official Information Act showed that the number of New Zealanders moving off benefits and into work fell by nearly about 3500 in the last twelve months – from 84,477 to 80,967.

In that period, the total number of main benefit cancellations fell by 22,085 – from 220,497 to 198,412.    Read more »