A different sort of poverty

Poverty is now promoted as a social and political issue in New Zealand, and there are genuine concerns about people and families who are struggling for various reasons.

But here is a reminder of different sort of poverty on an awful scale.



  1. Corky

     /  March 2, 2017

    Yeah, too fuckin true. Social commentating pricks whining about how bad poverty is in this country need such pictures rammed down their throats.

    I saw a clip of Chinese parents who’d lost children in the Christchurch quake. Their only child in some cases because of China’s one child policy. They were inconsolable because not only had they lost their children, they now had no one to look after them in their dotage. There’s little welfare help in China. Those parents are stuffed.

    Meanwhile in Aotearoa…..

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 2, 2017

      I don’t see too many people starving here. WINZ is much abused, but they are 1000x better than what many countries have-and they wouldn’t let anyone starve or freeze to death. I am always surprised to read that people can’t afford raincoats when these can be bought for $2. And I won’t start on people who cry poverty when they smoke.

      The Chinese parents I saw didn’t seem to be in their dotage; they weren’t that old and they weren’t senile. I would imagine that their grief was because they had lost their only child, as parents anywhere would be, not because they saw that child as a pension fund. But they do look forward to a lonely old age, and that’s ghastly for anyone.

  2. Brown

     /  March 2, 2017

    The bright side is that 20 years ago the million would have been 5 or 10 million. The material world is getting better.

  3. High Flying Duck

     /  March 2, 2017

    Poverty is always relative – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a real issue to be dealt with in NZ.
    The definition of poverty in this country has continually moved up the standard of living scale over time, due to a number of Government and charitable initiatives. But it would be churlish to take from that that poverty does not exist. There are still people living in absolute squalor in this country for a number of reasons.
    Anything that can be done to continue to lift living standards at the bottom should be applauded.
    But the deceptive and disingenuous ‘reports’ that regularly come out showing that once they have moved the goalposts – again – there has been no progress and nothing has been done are blatant politicking and help no-one.

  4. PDB

     /  March 2, 2017

    More importantly for their long-term survival (according to the left pushing a ‘living wage’)………….do they have access to the internet? And can they afford to go on an overseas holiday once a year??

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