Third world solutions to third world problems

When you hear the Labour party talking about poverty in New Zealand they really don’t know a thing about what they speak of.

You see we have a welfare system…every “poor” person in New Zealand has access to lighting in their homes, to a fridge, to a washing machine to hot and cold clean running water.

But what if they didn’t…would the “poor” be as resourceful as these people from Manila in the Philippines? Somehow I doubt it…too long have they relied on the state to fix their every problem…hell they can’t even clean up mould anymore.

We can learn a lot from 3rd world countries. Third world solutions to third world problems. Darkness during the day – plastic bottle, water and chlorine = light.


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  • Euan Rt

    Philippinos are very good at working out solutions to problems like this. I lived in a squattor camp near here in Manila for a couple of months in the early 80’s, and all the shacks had a length of electrical wire connected to a wire hook which was thrown up onto the overhead power wires. they then had all the power they wanted to run their tvs and lights.

    • Henrybrennan

       Shacks in a squatter village (stealing land) and then stealing unpaid for electricity (for running TVs). Yes, those are typical Filipino “solutions” for problem solving. Upward mobility? I think not. Not to mention what the kids are learning…

  • Gazzaw

    Something else that we can learn from the third world is a work ethic. Just heard on the radio that there are 1000 Filipino farm workers in Southland. Appears that Kiwis don’t want jobs that involve getting out of bed in the dark.

    • brian

      no there are 1000 phillipino farm workers in southland because
      their wives are also working for nothing undercutting the minimum wage
      ungrateful kiwi workers are expecting to get paid properly

      • StacyMcNaught

         Wrong Brian,
        They are subject to the same Labour laws as the rest of the workforce. My experience of the philipino workers are that they are here to work and to better themselves.
        I recently posted an advert for a  2 IC position on a Dairy Farm, 30 people emailed back, 22 of them were Philipino, and all of them had quality CVs and a long and stable employment history in New Zealand. Compared to the other applicants, they stack up really well.
        I appreciate that some employers will treat staff as you suggest, but they don’t just reserve that shitty treatment for migrant workers, any nationality workers will be treated that way. It is simply a dumb and uninformed statement to make.

  • ConwayCaptain

    What WINZ has to do is tell the single people on the dole that there is a job in wherever, here is your fare, go and do it.  especially in the picking season.

    I have a Foreign Going Masters Cert and in my time have worked as a milkman, swimming pool attendent, lorry drivers mate before I got my professional certs.  Since being made redundant and having to get George Gair to ask questions in the house why SCONZ hadnt paid my redundancy, now that is a long story, have been a cargo surveyor, bookseller.

  • Mr_Blobby

    Take everybody’s point but. Most if not all employers would prefer not to employ the rubbish that WINZ wants to throw at them 1. They don’t want to work so who wants someone who does not want to be there 2. Their work ethic is non existent along with their attendance. A friend was running a free training course and went to WINZ most didn’t turn up after the first day and none finished the course. A complete waste of everybody’s time. Back on the dole, not that anyone left and enjoying life whilst taking the piss out of the rest of us. Maybe it should be a condition of getting unemployment that they have to attend and pass courses to stay on the unemployment.

    • Euan Rt

      A bit off topic but following on from your thought Blobby,I’ve got an idea re dealing with unemployed –  unless they can demonstrate that they are actively seeking employment, they have to turn up to a specific area – say a public park, and sit there on the grass all day, instead of being at home watching telly or playing games, or stealing from the houses of workers up the street.

  • workingman

    This is an interesting invention. I am involved in a charity in the Philippines that builds house for squatter camps. NZ$2200 builds one house. Very simple, only approx 20sqm, probably the size of my bedroom, but they have proper concrete walls and steel roofs with drainage and electricity, a great improvement on the shanties before. Part of the reason for the low cost of building is that it is all self build. The community provide the labour for building the houses, taking it turns on each others house. Only paid work is used for certain parts such as the electrics where there is a statutory requirement. The hard work put in by all of them outstanding and humbling. I was floored when I tried to help them, but my excuse was not being used to working in 36c temperatures. 

    The change in these communities is stunning. They now have proper addresses, this brings them so much benefit in life. They can keep their possessions clean and dry. 

    When I see what goes on in these communities I am ashamed when I see the lifestyle and expectations of many here in NZ who complain of poverty. 

    • Bunswalla

      Great post – thank you. It’s a truism that most people in New Zealand don’t know they’re even born.

  • Curiousbystander

    @workingman what is the charity called?

  • workingman

    @50d1aaffab9fa2add8de9b1c4770999b:disqus the charity is called Gawag Kalinga, which means “Give care”. Here is a link to the website, 
    The project is known as ‘777’ which is 700,000 homes in 7000 communities in 7 years. Although it is originally a church based charity, it is very non religious. I have never felt any problems being involved even though I am not involved in any religion. 

    Let me know if you want any more info.