Chch family have “nowhere to go” yet can afford cellphones, booze and smokes

Further to my earlier post….What’s worse is that yesterday she was the author of the investigation that said there was no housing crisis.

Is there a housing crisis in Christchurch? The Press examined statistics, attended open homes and spoke to experts and members of the public. Anna Turner reports.

So a day later, with her investigation not yielding the result she wanted, she’s back interviewing the squeaky wheels…and speaking of those squeaky wheels.

I thought a revisit was in order…so picking up from commenters on the earlier post we have identified the following from just one picture of the low income family with 5 kids.

Low income nowhere to go

The bloke is wearing a tee-shirt that reads “Crack A Woody Honey!” which is an ad for Woodstock Bourbon and Cola – and funnily enough sitting next to him is a glass of something that looks a lot like the product on his shirt. 

The young child on the couch seems to be playing with a cell phone, and on the TV there is a bottle of Zippo lighter fuel – generally used by smokers to refuel their not so cheap Zippo lighters.

Beside that there is what appears to be a remote control helicopter – I’m sure the girls love playing with that (sarcasm) and then on top of the TV there appears to be some sort of console.. .you can see the audio and video wires going in the back of it.

I’m not saying these people are well off, but perhaps the definition of poverty’s a bit different now.

And if you have 5 kids under 18 (there’s apparently a sixth child too) then the Working For Families payout is substantial.

As I said earlier, what seems to be buried well down the story is a more rational reason for this family’s difficulties…

The couple had been hunting for a rental but were “always turned away”, they said.

They admitted having a poor credit rating and McIlroy had criminal convictions.

Perhaps “decent journalists trained and skilled” would look at these sorts of details….especially his rubbish explanation of being the only scaffolder in Christchurch who can’t seem to find a job.


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  • blokeintakapuna

    Nice work WOBH crew! So that’s how many union-fed propaganda pieces so far?

    1st there was MUNZ Mr. Cecil Walker they paraded around…

  • blokeintakapuna

    Could it be he shaves his head to fit in with the notorious skin heads that were terrorising the Asians in Chch? Wonder if the criminal convictions were for GBH?

  • Agent BallSack

    I have never heard of a tenancy agreement requiring a criminal check…oh wait thats his apology for not finding a job.

  • Rodger T

    “Don`t you fucking repress these people,they have the same rights to a quality of life and luxuries as everyone else!”

    Trust me ,I have had that said to me at numerous times,of course everything goes quiet when it is pointed out that everyone else works their arse off to afford those “luxuries.”

    • DJ

      Also had something similar once, but my reply was

      “you also have the same right as him to convict crimes, but what was your choice?”

  • TeacherUnionsRscum

    And whats wrong with a sleepout? Live in the sleepout and save a small amount every week, for a bond on a 2 bedroom in a few months.

    • StupidDiscus

      Yeah but no-one will rent to ’em and that fuck National isn’t building any more state houses.

      • Mr Sackunkrak

        If you care so much, why don’t you build a house for them then?

  • Honcho

    Saw this article on stuff, read all of about the first sentence before I realised it was all a have, why should I feel sorry for criminals, who are also prolific breeders, welfare bludgers who cant or wont hold down a job in a booming city, not to mention bad renters who dont pay their bills, who their own mates cant even stand so they get turfed out.

    My old man used to have a saying, you made your bed you sleep in it. These people have not fallen on hard times, they have created a shit situation for themselves entirely of their own making, they should have to deal with the consequences of their actions like the adults they should well be. I have said my part.
    P.s. The box on the top of the TV is a freeview box, I have the same model, cheapest one I could get.

  • cows4me

    Stop please, such poverty, will my tears short out the keyboard?

  • williamabong

    If I owned a rental in Christchurch I wouldn’t be letting it to that bunch of dropkicks, if brains were dynamite between the whole lot they wouldn’t have enough to blow their noses.
    Just another bunch of deadbeat welfare bludgers breeding another bunch of deadbeat welfare bludgers.

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      Worse still, he can give the missus another seeing-to and we have to pay for that outcome as well, with no resource consent or anything else. If I want to prune a prolific pohutukawa tree on my property I need an arborist’s report, a resource consent and the consent of every busy body God knows, all costing ME thousands of dollars. Where are our priorities?

      • Dave

        Come on Mr S, imagine the same routine for them to breed, sure you need an arborist for your tree, would you like to assess/check them out prior to them getting Council consent to breed. Ah, not for me thanks.

  • Cadwallader

    Sleazy oxygen thieves. I wonder why he lost his job with all the activity in the CHCH construction industry…I wonder???

  • Anonymouse Coward

    Whats this?

    As it is on top of the TV and appears to have VGA cables plugged into the rear I’d say that it is some sort of media player.

    Note the old cathode ray TV, appropriate to their status in todays feudal world.

    • onelaw4all

      Fear not.
      The Greens or Labour will shortly introduce the Universal Flat Screen Benefit Private Member’s Bill.
      I mean, this isn’t the Dark Ages.
      Think of the Children!!

      • Patrick

        Only after a governmental enquiry into why the poor & needy have to suffer with cathode ray tubes – a full analysis of the environmental impact of using old outdated technology & the impact on the tangata whenua of Aotearoa

        • Mr_Blobby

          Tangata whenua would have already been looked after.

      • Agent BallSack

        Chauvel is working it into his Wiki of ‘things I thought of but was defeated by the nasty National/Labour/Independent’ list

    • Hey – We have two TVs and both are old cathode ray tube models. Got one for $10 and another for two dozen eggs. And I like to think of myself as rural aristocracy.

  • Phar Lap

    Problem easily solved.Clayton Cosgrove the Lie-bour retread MP in CHCH just loves helping bludgers in his electorate.He also loves sucking at the trough and using taxpayer funded credit cards.He should easily be able to accomodate the mentioned bloodsuckers,he will recognise them easily,as it takes one to know one.

  • thor42

    I agree with the other commenters. This is self-inflicted “poverty”.

    • Cadwallader

      Try as I might I can’t see whether any of them has an arm full of tatts. There always seems to enough benefit $$$ to cater for self inked self-abuse.

      • Saccharomyces

        No, but have a look at his facebook profile….. might be part of the reason he can’t get a job….

        • Cadwallader

          FFS! The back of his empty skull says it all!

        • Agent BallSack

          This is even worse…

          • Agent BallSack

            FFS! This is why you keep kids away from retards like this dropkick

          • Agent BallSack

            And why you NEVER make kids pics public on facebook. CYFS would have a field day with this family.

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      Ah yes, achieving the miracle of poverty. Bet ya a knob of goat shit that photo was staged by shifting all their shite into the front room and looking sad while “Mum” feeds the last air-drop we have to look after.

  • blazer

    love the arrows…even I found this amusing.

  • davidp

    Is the curvy “What’s this” an iPod dock? It looks a bit like this:

    • Patrick

      are you suggesting these poor & needy have an itunes account & internet access? I mean they are the basic requirements of life, alongside food & shelter.

      • Mr_Blobby

        I think that they are suggesting that somebody else pay for the food and the shelter.

  • BJ

    He needs to be a real man, stop impregnating his wife and start taking care of his family. She needs to stop using being pregnant as an excuse for not contributing also. So what, if they have to live in a small space together, with any luck the girls will want to strive for something better but most likely they will hook up with a deadbeat, unemployable, criminal just like Dad – their hero.

    • Agent BallSack

      I agree – she gave birth recently according to the article and evidence, if it’s so repressive living in Christchurch, he can hop a bus to any other location in the country, work his ass off and provide for his child – since all the others are obviously “SOCKS” Get a flat in Stokes Valley and start contributing to the country and his family rather than a hand out for the rest of his life. The guy is obviously a pussy if he WON’T do that for his family. /rant

  • Pissedoffyouth

    Teenage daughter also has a glass of bourbon (I give her a good 2 years at most before she pops out some free cash), to the right of the couch on the floor.

    • Patrick

      dad’s probably renting her out to his mates already – a bit of cash on the side

      • What the fuck is wrong with you.

        • Patrick

          I am totally over funding bludgers like these.

          I am a utter utter cynic when it comes to these sob stories in NZ where the “cradle to the grave” welfare system provides for them.

          I see plenty of stories of white trash exploiting their offspring for their own gain, these parents have pimped their kids to the NZ social services & lived off the income, there aint much of a leap before they actually pimp them out “privately” & spend the ill gotten gains on the booze & fags – & tatts that you have seen this lot indulging in over the last 24 hours. NZ’s finest in all their glory.

          As an example check out the welfare bludgers in the UK with 11 kids – they hatched a plan to burn the house down so they would get relocated into a larger house, except they cocked it up & killed half their kids. Spend a bit of time reading about this lot & their depravity.

          What the fuck is wrong with me you ask? What the fuck is wrong with a system that facilitates this kind of behaviour? What the fuck is wrong with society that allows this to happen? What the fuck is wrong with people that turn a blind eye to these bludgers & therefore condone their behaviour?

  • P1LL

    Just wait until they see this photo , the wife will demand a free nose job

  • Graham

    And what benefits are they collecting. If he’s on the dole I don’t think she’s eligible for DPB if they are co-habiting. Are they ripping of WINZ as well?
    Interesting photo of the back of his head on Facebook too.

  • GeorgeRomero

    I hope for the sake of these people’s kids , the father finds work and gets back on his feet again , he should try for a whanau ora grant that’s available for situations , oh shit wait on , he’s not a mongrel mob member with a p habit and his missus and kids have all their teeth, as far as key and turia are concerned these people can go straight to hell!!! ,bugger.

  • My research on Christchurch housing , and cost ledger is over is over at the Farrar site

  • J.M

    Was really pissed off with that article. An able bodied man with a labouring background, unemployed in Chch? You have to be fucking joking. He must be the laziest cunt out.

  • unitedtribes

    Makes you wonder why these goons set themselves up for this sort of backlash. bet they will never get a flat (or a job now) Well done Press. Great help to these wankers. Hope the kids arnt redaing this though.

  • David

    The main problem is there are thousands of others like Mr McIlroy and his tribe across the country bludging off hard-working taxpayers. Obviously, if someone can afford to drink, smoke, own a cellphone, freeview console etc on the a benefit then the payments are too generous.

    Whenever I read cases like this I wonder why I slog my guts out day after day to earn a living when I could live just as well on the dole. There is something seriously wrong in this country. When are we going to have a government that will do something concrete about his endless problem. Disgrace!~