This does my head in: dumb parents

Struggling to afford new uniforms and stationery, a leading budgeting service says some parents are having to resort to money lenders to cope.

Mother of Year 9 student Ezra Beach says she recycles to help with the pressure of added costs.

“We’ve been through his pencil case, I save some of the clear files,” Celia Beach told ONE News.

“If I had three or four kids at school that’s a huge expense and that’s only the start. You haven’t got the uniforms or shoes.”

Darryl Evans from Mangere Budgeting Service says pressures on families are forcing them to go to money lenders.

“My next-door neighbour’s girl aged six has to provide a school skipping rope – when I was a child that was part of P.E. On my little boy’s stationery list – five pots of paint.”

“Our families are going to the money lenders,” Mr Evans told ONE News.

It must have come as a total surprise to Celia Beach of Mangere that her child had to go back to school after having been at school for 4 years prior.  As a result, she didn’t know that she had to put money aside for her child’s school uniform and resource fees.

You can’t fix stupidity.   But the media are happy to run your story as if it is a failure of the government.  Oh yes our lovely media.  Pimping the poor, hugging the crims and championing the stupid.


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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. 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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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