Hard proof there is dreadful poverty in this country


Post-Christmas shoppers break the bank

Eager shoppers have splurged on clothing, jewellery and food in a record-breaking post-Christmas spending spree.

A staggering $404 million was spent on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, according to the latest Paymark figures.

Last-minute shoppers set a new record by spending $263.5 million across the Paymark network on Christmas Eve, up 10 per cent from last year.

Paymark head of customer relations Mark Spicer said Christmas Eve smashed all their records.

“Not only did we see the highest ever spending value through the network, we also saw the highest number of transactions at 4.8 million.”

The number of transactions peaked between noon and 1pm on Christmas Eve, with 156 purchases per second.

South Island shoppers led the last-minute buying rush on Christmas Eve.  Otago, Canterbury and Nelson saw large jumps in spending.

Bargain hunters also splurged $140 million at the Boxing Day sales, $6.4 million more than the 2013 Paymark figure.

Reports of fainting shoppers and overcrowded stores emerged from the Boxing Day madness.

Don’t you see?  We’re broke!   All the money spent on sales.   No wonder we can’t afford shoes for children, or money for breakfasts and lunches – we spent it all on sales!

HIGHEST EVER spending on clothing and jewelry!   THE ESSENTIALS!!!

Next time Labour and the Greens tell us that there is deep poverty in our country, we have to believe them.  The scales have fallen from our uncaring right-wing eyes!


– Marika Hill, Stuff


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  • Blue Tim

    There is a poverty crisis according to the Green & Labour hypocrites.

  • Dog Breath

    There is poverty in NZ, what this shows is the problem is not as big as Labour and the Greens would lead you to believe.

  • kiwibattler

    That’s how all these ‘pimping the poor’ people get all there large screen flat tvs and designer clothes………..this is also where their xmas day money goes after getting a free slap-up meal and pressies from charity organizations on that day.

  • Greg M

    The first thing I noticed as the boss was dragging me around the boxing day sales, was that it was mostly big ticket or non essentials that people were splashing out on. The high end jewellery and luxury goods retailers had people waiting outside the doors.
    The only poverty this country has is a poverty of personal responsibility.

    • Chiefsfan73

      Last sentence says it all really

  • Mags

    I wonder if it’s even throughout the country or whether aucklanders are spending their paper capital gains?

  • Rick H

    The dumb way some like to tell of it . . .

    If everybody in NZ earned 10 mill a year, except for some who only earned 5 mill.

    Those 5 millers would be deemed to be paupers.

    What a stupid way to determine poverty or otherwise.

  • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

    Spending is up.

    Must be all the rich pricks spending their ill gotten gains, which no doubt they hid from the IRD.

    LOL, how can they still trot out the same drivel about poverty affecting 24% of kids maybe 5-10% would be more accurate (and thats being generous).

  • Damon Mudgway

    There is no true poverty problem in New Zealand, there is only NEGLECT.

  • cows4me

    My wife brought me a new wallet, I can’t find the grease nipples on it and I don’t think it’s been spray to keep the spider webs off.

  • Michael

    I’m always a bit wary of the figures. What percent of transactions went through Paymark this year compared to last? As we move to more electronic transactions we may be noticing the increase because of the increased percentage of all transactions reported by Paymark rather than an actual increase…or not. Just saying…

  • Murray Smith

    It’s quite possible to go broke, whilst saving money.