It’s Christmas, time to pimp the poor

It’s Christmas time and so we will see a constant stream of bludgers being pimped out to readers of the mainstream news outlets.

They will tell us how hard done by they all are and the reporters and papers will print their stories without a hint of irony or even bare research.

As is usual the Herald uses the same useful idiot to run their stories.

Simon Collins seems unable to realise his lack of perspective.

Hundreds of families from as far away as Hamilton are queuing at the Auckland City Mission for help to put food on the table this Christmas.

City Missioner Diane Robertson said the queue started at 1am on Monday after word got out on social media that Work and Income staff would be at the mission’s Hobson St offices from this week to process applications for emergency help.

The mission gave out 125 food parcels on Monday, compared with 39 on the first day a similar pre-Christmas Work and Income service opened last year.

It closed when the queue reached 200 families on Tuesday, up from 160 on the second day last year, and expected to feed a further 200 families yesterday.

Ms Robertson said the mission did not advertise the service, but word got out through local Work and Income offices and spread through word of mouth and social media.

Bludgers will be bludgers, if you are giving stuff away for free of course you will inundated…but hey it makes a great story to pimp out…and City Mission does this every year.

But let’s look at these so called poor.

Vanisa Samuel, 34, from Papatoetoe, saw it on a Facebook site called South Side Freebies.

Bludgers telling other bludgers where to find free stuff…on Facebook no less.  

Trudy Tapu, 25, grew up in Mangere and came last year and the year before. She now lives in Hamilton, but drove up to stay with her mum on Tuesday night and was in the queue by 6am yesterday.

“They don’t have many places like this in Hamilton so it was worth my $20 gas to come here,” she said.

I bet the petrol was more than that. Worth the petrol to bludge free food though.

Then there is Charlie Holmes…who consented to being photographed.

Just knowing the City Mission can help with food and presents at this time of year takes some of the stress off Ange Tuala, 41, and Charlie Holmes, 40, who have children aged 10 and 5 and twins 4. “Because we don’t have much family support, I’d say last year, when I found about this, it was a great relief,” said Ms Tuala. Both parents are on benefits for health reasons. “If I have a lot of hospital and doctor’s bills I know I can come here and get a food parcel,” Ms Tuala said. “I’m very grateful to the City Mission.”

They are poor but have managed to produce 4 extra mouths to feed…and food is something Charlie doesn’t look like he’s missed much of either.


Instead of lining up for free kai at City Mission he looks like he could do with lining up at Weightwwatchers.

Then there is Betty Morris:

Sole parent Betty Morris, 26, lives in a state house with her three children aged 2, 1 and seven weeks. She had not been to the City Mission before. “Last year I was doing all right. Now it’s just getting harder because I have a hire-purchase and too much money trouble. I can’t afford the payments after buying all my newborn stuff,” she said. “My mum used to come here when we had money troubles.”

So…just making ends meet…and goes and gets hire purchase debt burden to add to her poverty…and popping out another baby as well…a victim of her own stupidity. The entitlement mentality was strong in this one…I’ll bet the kids all have different fathers too.

The Hamilton bludger isn’t much better. Birt poor but popping out even more children ensuing she remains in poverty.

Trudy Tapu, 25, has three children aged 9, 8 and 6, with a fourth due in July. Her partner is a seasonal farm worker who has just finished a job, so the family are on a jobseeker benefit. “I came here last year and the year before. I used to live in Auckland,” said Trudy. “I brought my brother and the whole family, just for the Christmas spirit.”

Just for the Christmas spirit eh? Christmas bludging more like.

And then just for added insult, what do we find at the bottom of the article…oh look…


It appears this whole article is nothing short of some native advertising for the City Mission.

It’s Christmas time, get used to more pimping the poor stories.


– NZ Herald, shills for City Mission

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