Salvation Army

Herald making fuss over nothing

The NZ Herald headline is “Shock after Buddhas refused by Sallies” and starts with:

“An Auckland woman was shocked when a Salvation Army volunteer told her the charity shop did not stock Buddha statues and would throw them away if they were donated.”

It turns out that the Salvation Army is sticking by their Protestant beliefs and will not sell Buddhist or Catholic ornaments, nor would they stock alcohol-branded merchandise or pornographic material. ? Read more »

Paula Bennett owns up to undermining Key; refuses to apologise

I made it up, so what...

I made it up, so what…

How on earth could anyone have ever considered Paula Bennett leadership material when she gets busted telling fibs to?the?PM.

Paula Bennett has owned up to wrongly advising John Key that welfare officials and the Salvation Army had visited people living in cars.

The Prime Minister last week said “MSD and the Sallies went around and knocked on, I think, eight cars that they could find. All eight of those people refused to take support either from Sallies or from MSD.”

The Salvation Army issued a statement saying it actually declined the Ministry of Social Development’s invitation to accompany its officials.

“MSD officials did not accompany Salvation Army social personnel to Bruce Pulman Park last Monday night as part of the army’s regular visits to the site,” it said.

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John Key a liar – Angry Andy goes all in

Labour leader Andrew Little has accused the Prime Minister John Key of lying in comments he made about homeless people.

“I can’t think of a time when the Prime Minister and another minister [have] patently lied about something that … hasn’t actually happened,” Mr Little told reporters at Parliament this afternoon.

The Labour leader made the allegation after Salvation Army contradicted a claim by Mr Key that Government officials had visited homeless in an Auckland park this week and had their offers of help declined

Mr Little later softened his language, saying that Mr Key’s comments were “untrue and misleading”.

The Labour leader said Mr Key’s comments about people living in cars and refusing help from officials were not off-the-cuff remarks.

They were part of a Government strategy to downplay the problems related to Auckland’s housing market, he said.

“The National Party are trying to diminish and deny the very idea that there is a homelessness crisis,” he said.

Homelessness crisis?? What the hell is that??? Now we have a housing crisis, a homeless crisis and a homelessness crisis?? Read more »

Larry Williams on Labour and the Sallies crying wolf

The Labour party and the Media party are calling savings in some spending areas “cuts”, but the total Health budget remains at or above levels instituted by past governments.

Larry Williams adds some clarity to?the?debate being milked by Labour.

The Government is demanding the country’s district health boards make some “savings”.

The cuts amount to just 0.3 per cent, or $139 million from a total budget of $11.4 billion in the year to June – hardly a savage cut.

We know health is getting more money than ever, so let’s not go there.

Problematic is that the “savings” are being made by not filling staff vacancies. Any way you look at that, it’s a cut to staff. That doesn’t look good.

Labour lifted the lid on these cuts via an Official Information Act request.

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Another government objective looks shaky

The National-led government has a small list of objectives for the term. ?RMA reform, change the flag and social housing. ?Social housing joins the list of policies where National aren’t getting any momentum going their way.

The Salvation Army has decided not to buy Housing New Zealand properties off the Government, saying it did not think the lives of tenants would be improved by the transfer.

It says it lacks the expertise, infrastructure and resources to manage such a volume of property.

Prime Minister John Key said earlier this year that the Government planned to sell 1000 to 2000 state houses in the next year to community housing providers. Read more »

Boag snatch to fund Sky City blowout?

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There?s a new candidate for who is paying Michelle ?The Boagan? Boag and her offsider Cedric ?Senile? Allan for their campaign to snatch $2.1 billion in Vector shares from the people of Auckland and South Auckland to give to Lyin? Len Brown?s council.

Whaleoil still doesn?t quite believe it but it?s overloading the tipline so here goes: The theory is it?s SkyCity casino. Here?s why it could be true.

Since Friday SkyCity has been saying it needs another $130 million from the government to build its new National Convention Centre. Or else it?ll pull out of the deal. The government has to make the SkyCity deal work because all the rest of its convention centre plan is falling apart.

Steven Joyce seems to be saying he?ll open up some of his trough but not for the full $130 million and wants Auckland ratepayers to front up with the rest. ?

In a world first, everyone from Lyin? Len to Dick Quax have lined up and told Joyce to shove it. (The one exception is Cameron ?Mr Fiscal Responsibility? Brewer who sounds like he?s had too many nights in the SkyCity corporate box.) Read more »

Pimping the Poor – Bludger family attacks Salvation Army

If you were?wanting to draw attention to your plight of poverty it isn’t a good way go attacking the Salvation Army and blaming them for your predicament.

An Invercargill couple say their six young kids will go without on Christmas day and it’s the Salvation Army’s fault.

However, the Salvation Army says the parents are to blame for their family’s predicament because they have relied on handouts rather than trying to help themselves.

Shelly Edwards and Leo Hewett said their six children aged 3-10 will get no presents and have a diet of chicken and bread on Christmas day because the Salvation Army failed to help them in their time of need.

“How can we tell the kids there’s nothing for Christmas?” Shelly asked from their south Invercargill state house yesterday.

The Salvation Army is to blame, eh? They forced you to flip it up at least 6 times and produce a horde of ravenous mouths to feed and are to blame for your own poverty?

No presents eh? What is that under the tree?

No presents?

No presents?

It gets worse.

Struggling to afford a decent Christmas for their kids, they thought it was sorted when the Nga Kete trust referred them to the Salvation Army scheme called adopt-a-family, which sees businesses and individuals sponsor struggling families during Christmas by providing them with a hamper filled with food and treats.

The family had been on the same scheme last year and received presents for their children, a supermarket voucher and a food hamper, they said.

However, when Shelly failed to turn up to a budget advice meeting early this month she was told she had been taken off the adopt-a-family scheme this year, she said.

She said she did not go to the meeting because she had no petrol money for their vehicle and it would have been difficult to take her six kids, one of whom is disabled, on public transport to the meeting.

The couple said they had always believed the Salvation Army was there to look after people, “not push them away”.

“We were relying on adopt-a-family … it’s sad they won’t help people like us,” Shelly said.

The children would not be getting any presents and the family would eat what was in the fridge, including bread and chicken on Christmas day, they said.

“I feel sad for my kids because they are going to miss out on Christmas … we were counting on that for Christmas,” Shelly said.

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Who is paying for the Boagan’s $2.1 BILLION snatch?

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Everyone smart is running a mile from Michelle ?The Boagan? Boag?s plan to snatch $2.1 billion in Vector shares from Aucklanders and South Aucklanders to give to Lyin? Len Brown for him to build his trainset.

But one question is still be to explored. Who is paying The Boagan, 60? And who is paying her offsider Cedric ?Senile? Allan, 102?

These people don?t do anything for free. The Boagan even got Doug Myers to pay her when she was running for National Party President.

The tipline is running hot with theories. Read more »

Christmas Countdown: Boagan Dwarf Three – Michael “Dopey” Barnett

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Michael “Dopey” Barnett

There’s still six days until Christmas but the early presents for Whaleoil readers keep on coming. ?Today’s gift is a cracker – ?the story of Boagan dwarf number three, Michael ‘Mayoral-Wannabe’ Barnett.

Auckland readers will of course know Mr Barnett as the face of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. ?If you don’t really understand what the organisation does, fear not you’re not alone. I?can happily confirm their key role is to organise business lunches and breakfasts. ? Kim The Clown Campbell is a regular attendant. ?The Mayoral Wannabe actually celebrates his 25th anniversary at the Chamber this year. ?What better way to party than to steal a cool $2.1 billion off the people of Auckland. ? ? Read more »

Christmas Countdown: Boagan Dwarf Two ? Kim “The Campbell Clown” Campbell

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There?s a bit of a change of plan.? Kim ?The Campbell Clown? Campbell made such a goose of himself on Larry Williams last night we?re looking at him today rather than Michael Barnett.? But don’t worry, we will deal with all The Boagan?s friends soon enough.

For those just catching up, the story goes like this.? It looks like Michelle ?The Boagan? Boag is working for someone like Hawkins to try to get Lyin? Len?s trainset underway sooner rather than later.

The Boagan and John ?The Dining Table? Collinge, now 104, have a decades-old feud with Warren Kyd and other members of the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust (AECT) ? the outfit that owns $2.1 billion in Vector shares in trust for the people of Auckland and South Auckland, and which pays them a Christmas dividend of $335 a house each September. Read more »

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