Poverty forced car off road. Really, apparently it did

Don’t you love how people like to blame poverty for almost everything.

Just like global warming is responsible for hundreds of bad things happening now poverty is causing cars to run off the road.

Poverty is a contributing cause of a double fatality on the West Coast that left a Tongan mother of seven and her teenage son dead, according to their family.

Lavinia Manui Langi, 43, known as Manui, and her teenage son, Lesili, 15, drowned after the van she was driving careered off Taylorville Rd, a few kilometres from Greymouth, while in heavy rain about 11am on Monday and rolled down a bank into a creek.

Another son, Kavana, aged 3, clambered from the partially submerged wreck and was rescued from the water by passing motorists, who were unable to save his mother and brother.

Mrs Langi’s other five children had been at home in Blaketown, under the care of the eldest, a 14-year-old daughter.  

Family spokesman Taina Kinikini said yesterday the crash happened when Manui Langi was driving home from collecting scrap meat from a home-kill butcher because they had been struggling financially.

“Her husband is a really hard-working man but to take care of that many children is hard.”

Any problems with the van’s roadworthiness could also be blamed on the lack of money to cover maintenance, he said.

Do you think maybe the poverty was caused by dropping seven sprogs they couldn’t afford? Perhaps if they bought a TV instead of entertaining themselves in the cot, or invested in contraception then they wouldn’t be poor.

I’m sick of whingers blaming everyone else for their predicament.


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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.

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