I see that the Fairfax newspaper North Shore Times is pimping the poor again.
Father of two ‘Ofa Ta’ufo’ou can’t spend more than $100 a week to feed his family.
That’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks – the works. Any more and the Birkdale resident breaks the household budget.
The 43-year-old works “like an animal” for at least 40 hours a week and still struggles to make ends meet.
“At the moment I can’t afford to take my girls to the movies. So I have to ask: Who has failed my family? The system has.
“And I’m not the only one struggling. A lot of people in the community can’t function as a family because of their finances.”
The community worker says the problem is nationwide and something must be done.
“We need to push people in power to do something about the poverty in this country. People are working like animals just so they can pay the basics.”
Ta’ufo’ou said savings is not a word in his vocabulary.
“I work so hard and can’t save any of it. My wife and I budget every single cent.”
Their combined fortnightly income is $2000, nearly half of which is spent on rent.
Humans should live in dignity, he said.
“This is a human rights issue. Everyone deserves to live like a human instead of spending all their time worrying about money.”