bludgers

Tolley: giving money and food away doesn’t solve the problem

The churches are politicking again. Perhaps it is time to look, once again, at their status.

As usual the Media party take their side despite clear contradictions between the claims made and the facts in the report.

The government is dumping responsibility for desperate people on the charitable sector, say New Zealand’s Christian social services.

A new report from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services, released today, says demand on social service organisations has soared, while government support has shrunk, particularly in the form of food grants.

Read the full report online here

Executive officer Trevor McGlinchey said like many of the people they served, social service organisations were under huge financial stress, with government funding staying largely static for the last eight years.

Desperation to find housing, food and sufficient income to survive had become “the new normal” for many families, he said.

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Bludgers Report: Entitled beneficiary denied a taxpayer-funded treadmill

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Some people seem to have a bad case of Entitlitis.

Work and Income has won its legal battle against a beneficiary who bought a $3000 treadmill after seeing it on a late-night television advertisement.

Debbie Port, who was receiving support for anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome and Raynaud’s disease, wanted the treadmill to help with an ankle complaint.

In 2014 she bought it and arranged to pay it in 72 instalments.   Read more »

Garner has no idea: Kiwis won’t accept the same working conditions

The people who come to work here are already displaced from their homes, whereas someone who lives in Auckland is hardly going to say yes to a job that has them sharing a house with 18 other workers at the back of a winery while working for minimum wage and being in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do during the weekend.

So no, Duncan, they aren’t displacing New Zealand workers.

And now Little’s point about foreign workers taking Kiwi jobs rings true.

With 38,800 foreigners coming in on work visas over the last year, surely some of them are displacing New Zealanders who could do the job. Are we really that desperate for foreign workers?

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders remain out of work – yet there are jobs in rest homes, on farms and in orchards that we simply refuse to do or aren’t being hired to do?

Is it because we won’t work 18 days straight? Is it because we won’t work for the minimum wage?

All of those things. Mind you I have worked more than 18 days straight…when was the last time you did that Duncan.  Read more »

Pay your debts and stop carping

The Media party is going all out in support of student loan bludgers who have absconded without repaying their student loans.

Apparently they are beside themselves.

A Kiwi living in Australia who took out a $6500 loan 21 years ago which has more than quadrupled is terrified to come back to New Zealand.

She is one of several worried Kiwis living overseas who fear being arrested as soon as they step foot in their homeland after another border arrest because of student loan debt this week.

The woman in Australia said she was 18 when she took out a $6500 loan for a social sciences course at a polytechnic.

She did not complete the course after getting pregnant, and after five years as a solo mother left for Australia to try and make a better life.

“I never blinked an eye or even thought about my loan,” she said. That changed when she read about recent crack-downs on defaulters, and phoned the IRD.

She said she was told her loan after 21 years was now about $30,000.   Read more »

Awesome! Another student loan dodger arrested at the airport.

Some people are really, really slow at learning lessons other provide for them.

Another person has been arrested at the border because of student loan debt.

The woman was arrested at Auckland Airport as she tried to board a flight to Australia on Tuesday, the Herald understands.

She appeared in Manukau District Court on Wednesday.   Read more »

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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