Carmel Sepuloni

Thousands of crap parents can’t hold their life together for the sake of their kids

The hand wringers call shame on the government for taking the money away, while the shame is due to the parents now being proven as incapable and irresponsible.

CYFS should consider taking the kids away, we should stick these ferals on mandatory birth control, and then we might consider giving them some of their/our money back.

Thousands of children have been affected by benefit cuts in the last two years because parents failed to meet work obligations set out by the Government.

Benefits haven’t been cut. Useless feral ratbags who don’t meet obligations have had their financial expectations adjusted.

New figures obtained by Radio New Zealand show about 43,000 sanctions have been issued against beneficiaries with children during that time, which could mean their payments were cut by as much as half.

The figures show 20,363 main benefits involving children were cut back in the year to July 2014, and another 23,066 the following year.

Each cut could involve more than one child, and some beneficiaries could have been penalised more than once.

Lisa Woolley, the president of the Council of Christian Social Services, said the numbers were shocking.   Read more »

Seriously? Labour picked this as a case to pimp?

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Labour are on the pimping the poor bandwagon over housing but I seriously wonder if the Septic Tank has truly lost her marbles after picking this drop-kick of a case.

Families in urgent need of a state house are waiting twice as long compared to 18 months ago, Labour says.

The new figures also show an applicant waited 1,055 days to get into a house – although officials say that came after the person rejected a property because it had birds nesting in a nearby tree.

Labour’s Social Development spokeswoman Carmel Sepuloni said the information released highlighted the struggles of people who often had nowhere else to go.

“The average wait time for those in urgent need of a state house was 55 days in September 2013. New documents released under the OIA show that number had blown out to 129 days by March 2015. That’s disgraceful.

“The documents also show some people spend years trapped on the waiting list. The longest recorded time was 1,055 days. That’s a family in desperate need without a roof over their head for nearly three years.”

The most vulnerable were losing out, she said.   Read more »

Government to recruit migrants for ‘bludger busting’ duties

by Lord Evans

Ukrainian woman trapped in a war zone prepares food for her family

Ukrainian woman trapped in a war zone prepares food for her family

The government has signaled a new initiative to improve the lifestyle and welfare of New Zealand’s most dependent families. As part of discussions with the UNHCR, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has agreed to take more refugees from regions such as Ukraine. New Zealand currently takes around 750 refugees per year. As many as 50 extra places would be available for migrants who have a very particular set of skills; skills acquired over a very long time. Points will be awarded to those refugees who have survived with no government handouts, have a BMI less than 18, and score below average on political correctness.    Read more »

How are Sepuloni and Dotcom linked? NZ Herald manages

The benefit fraud case involving Beverly Sepuloni attracted attention for obvious reasons. She is the mother of Carmel Sepuloni, Labour’s social development spokeswoman.

The party’s leader, Andrew Little, appreciated the situation and stood the MP down from that role because of the possible perception of a conflict of interest.

So far, so standard. But a whole new slant was put on this media attention when Judge Chris Sygrove decided it was reason enough to reduce Sepuloni’s sentence by three months.

He noted that her case was unlike most benefit cases with which he dealt, which flew under the “press radar”.

As much is true, and both Sepuloni and her daughter have paid a price for that. Read more »

Sepuloni admits to defrauding the taxpayer

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Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni’s mother has admitted to benefit fraud charges in the New Plymouth District Court today.

Beverley Anne Sepuloni appeared along with her partner Michael Charles Rangi and was charged with fraud worth almost $100,000, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Sepuloni faced 19 counts of fraud totalling $33, 856 while Rangi was charged with 4 counts totalling $62,351. Read more »

Little mishandling of wayward MPs gains no respect

via Stuff

via Stuff

Labour leader Andrew Little has been labelled “gutless” for standing down MP Carmel Sepuloni after her mother was charged with benefit fraud.

Mr Little was also defending another one of his MPs today, David Cunliffe, who was pulled over for talking on his cell-phone while driving.

[Carmel Sepuloni’s mum] Beverley Anne Sepuloni appeared in New Plymouth District Court today, facing 19 benefit fraud charges.

Her daughter is collateral damage – the frontbench Labour MP has been stripped of her shadow social development role by Mr Little.

National MP Judith Collins took to Twitter to criticise Little, saying: “Message to LabMPs is if anyone of your family’s in trouble, so are you. No leadership, no guts [sic].”

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Why isn’t Cunliffe stood down?

Yesterday Andrew Little stood down Carmel Sepuloni for something her mother is alleged to have done.

At the same time David Cunliffe was actually breaking the law, driving erratically and was pulled over by Police near Plimmerton.

Former Labour leader David Cunliffe has been nabbed by police for using his mobile phone while driving.

Mr Cunliffe was pulled over by police yesterday morning near Plimmerton, north of Wellington, after a complaint by a motorist who said he was driving erratically.

It was a second incident in a bad day for Labour MPs.

Party leader Andrew Little also stood Carmel Sepuloni down as social development spokesperson after learning her mother faced multiple charges of welfare fraud.

Mr Little said Ms Sepuloni told him the first she had known of the charges was when One News contacted her for comment yesterday.  Read more »

I’m sorry, I was wrong, I take it all back

It is not often that I am wrong, but when I am I will apologise.

I said that Andrew Little shouldn’t have stood Carmel Sepuloni down, I was wrong.

The reason I have changed my point of view is this:

1091 (2015). Carmel Sepuloni to the Associate Minister for Social Development (23 Feb 2015): What is the process that the Ministry uses for establishing whether suspected benefit fraud relating to a client having a partner despite saying they live alone, has taken place?

Hon Jo Goodhew (Associate Minister for Social Development) replied: Reply due: 03 Mar 2015

It would appear that Lindsay Mitchell was right in pointing out that Carmel Sepuloni has a history of interfering.

On one hand I can agree with the Whale that Carmel Sepuloni should not be punished for the (alleged) sins of her mother. Andrew Little has stood her down from the welfare portfolio because her mother is facing numerous benefit fraud charges, citing a “conflict of interests”.

On the other, Sepuloni has a history of getting directly involved with WINZ staff and interfering in their decisions.

In her own words, after intervening to get a benefit reinstated when someone volunteering in her office missed a WINZ seminar thereby breaking the rules of entitlement

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Andrew Little’s bizarre positioning on Sepuloni

Earlier I blogged that I thought that Andrew Little had got it wrong on standing down Carmel Sepuloni.

In public statements Little is all over the place.

He started off by saying:

“Well it’s because as spokesperson for Social Development, when she has a close family member involved in an issue like this, it’s appropriate that she step aside so that there’s no claim of a conflict of interest,” Mr Little says.

– TVNZ

Which changed to:

“Carmel has assured me she didn’t know her mother was facing these charges.” He said she would stay on the front bench and in her role as Junior Whip, but had agreed step aside temporarily as social development spokesperson while the matter was dealt with.

– NZ Herald

And then changed to:

“Carmel is an adult and her mother is an adult. Carmel is not responsible for the actions of her mother,” he said.

“We have agreed she will step aside … on a temporary basis while these matters are dealt with. There is a conflict of interest at the present time.”

– Fairfax

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Why has Andrew Little stood down Sepuloni?

In a bizarre decision, one which shows signs of cracking under pressure, Andrew Little has stood down Carmel Sepuloni from her Welfare spokesperson role because her mother is on charges of benefit fraud.

The Labour Party’s welfare spokesperson has been stood down from that role following a ONE News revelation.

ONE News has discovered high-ranking MP Carmel Sepuloni’s mother, Beverley Anne Sepuloni, is due to appear in court tomorrow on benefit fraud charges. She is expected to plead to the charges tomorrow.

Carmel Sepuloni, a young rising star in Andrew Little’s Labour Party, was the party’s spokesperson on welfare – until this afternoon. One News called the Labour leader’s office just after 2pm today and by 4pm he had stood Carmel Sepuloni down. He moved fast.

“We’ve agreed that she will step aside from her role as spokesperson for Social Development. There’s an obvious conflict of interest,” Mr Little says.

Mr Little decided to stand Carmel Sepuloni down after ONE News revealed the accusations against her mother.

Beverley Anne Sepuloni is due to appear in the New Plymouth District Court tomorrow morning on 19 charges laid a month ago. She’s accused of claiming the sickness benefit in 2006 when she shouldn’t have. She’s also accused of applying for the disability allowance in 2008 when she shouldn’t have.

It’s alleged she claimed rent subsidies between 2003 and 2010 which she wasn’t entitled to. And she’s also accused of failing to tell welfare officials – for 10-and-a-half years – that she was living with a partner.

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