The other day Stuart Nash, the Labour candidate for Napier was calling on people from Facebook to contact him regarding an article on poverty for the Hawkes Bay Today.
And wonder will never cease, today the HB Today has their story pimping the poor.
Solo mum Fleur Mitchell is on the verge of having her power disconnected and losing her house as she struggles to overcome mounting debt.
Ms Mitchell, 37, is a cancer survivor who still requires regular medical attention. She is on an invalids benefit and receives about $500 from WINZ per week.
However, the money isn’t enough to help her weather a spate of bad luck.
Ms Mitchell’s eldest son, Dallas, is studying at EIT to gain a diploma in computer programming.
As there was no room in Ms Mitchell’s Hastings house for Dallas, he is living in a rented cabin on the property.
Dallas wasn’t eligible for a student allowance because he technically lived at home. As a result, he has racked up more than $9000 in debt, which was discouraging him from continuing his tertiary study.
“This debt. It’s just killing him and it’s killing me, too,” Ms Mitchell said.
“Where is the help for people like us?”
Ms Mitchell’s youngest son, Oliver, had been gifted a $600 custom scooter by his grandparents.
Oliver’s scooter was stolen from outside Hastings Countdown last week.
After Ms Mitchell posted about the scooter on Facebook, Hastings District Council’s iWay programme donated Oliver a new scooter this week.
Ms Mitchell said she was extremely grateful for iWay’s generosity, but her circumstances remained dire.