Stop whining and listen to your Dad

Some teenager is wanting to end child poverty, she is carping on in the Sunday Star Times about this and that and how child poverty is awful, yet she tells us all how she watched the documentary she missed online. So presumably this poor teenager has access to a decent broadband connection.

She also ignores the fact that she aspires to attend university and study law. In which other country would someone with her background of true poverty and destitution be even remotely dreaming of attending university. The fact that she is even considering that shows how lucky we are in New Zealand if only we would open our eyes.

She should stop carping and listen to her Dad who seems to actually get it:

He says the family is doing well now, but things were tough when they lived in the state house in Otangarei.

“It wasn’t very nice, it was damp, mouldy, cold – you could feel the wind coming through the whole house and that was with the doors and windows closed. It’s ridiculous living like that. But we managed to get away from there. You’ve got to pick yourself up, you can’t dwell on waiting around for this and that, you’ve just got to get out there and do it, eh?”

Her Dad understands that through necessity state house must be crap otherwise people would want to stay there for ever. She should stop trying to portray herself as the Maori Jacinda. Next thing she will want to be number 3 on Labour’s list:

“Some of my friends went to school hungry,” Jazmine says. “I can relate when children say how they live – in my heart I understand.”

It is this connection, plus Jazmine’s age, the fact that she is bright, articulate and beautiful, that is making hers such a powerful voice in the campaign to stamp out child poverty. When she speaks, people listen.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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