Pimping the poor but not telling the truth

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.”

This just more pimping the so called ‘poor’.

$2000 fortnightly income, “nearly half” on rent, apparently only $100 weekly food budget left to feed family of four.

“Any more and the Birkdale resident breaks the household budget. “

So, lets say exactly half spent on rent and $100 per week on food is $1200 to cover food and rent leaving $800 being spent on phone/internet and power? Unlikely.

Of course he is a supporter of the living Wage movement, but I wonder why the reporter didn’t use Google and find out just a bit more about this professional whinger.

About 5700 of the country’s lowest-paid workers have won a landmark $100 million deal to pay them the minimum wage for overnight sleepover shifts from Christmas next year.

The Service Workers Union says Health Minister Tony Ryall has agreed to recommend legislation to the Cabinet on Monday to raise sleepover rates for disability support workers from current IHC rates of $34 a night to the minimum wage of $13 an hour in three steps over the next 15 months.

The deal includes backpay from July 2005 of half the difference between what workers were paid and the minimum wage applying at the time – up to $70,000 for some workers.

Glenfield IHC support worker’Ofa Ta’ufo’ou will get about $30,000 in backpay, or a bit over $20,000 after tax, and may finally have enough for a deposit on a house.

So what happened to his house?

Then of course they forgot to mention that ‘Ofa Ta’ufo’ou is a Convener for the Pacific Island Committee, Member of the Regional and National Executive at the Service and Food Workers Union.

On top of that he is listed as a Community Service Worker Level 4, so I suspect he is on more than the minimum wage.

He is also the SFWU poster boy.


Don’t believe everything you read in the media.



– NZ Herald and Fairfax, proper research into subject by Cam Slater

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