Open Forum – Saturday

22 April 2015

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  1. Gezza

     /  April 22, 2017

    Interesting look at 3 types of average family in NZ

    Federation of Family Budgeting Services chief executive Raewyn Fox says the twin factors of low incomes and housing unaffordability mean more Kiwis are struggling.

    I shake my head at the young woman in Gisborne with 4 kids, no job, no dad around for them

    Diane, 26, lives in a Housing New Zealand property in Gisborne and raises her four children, all under the age of four, alone. She is on a benefit and does not get child support. 

    After having her first baby at 21, Diane struggled to organise and fund contraception. But she doesn’t want pity. “I’m one of those people who don’t like people feeling sorry for me. I made the mistake because I kept sleeping with the father and having them. Even though my kids are not mistakes.”

    • Never thought to use a contraceptive did she? No dot joining and consequences understanding. I’d be giving them out in school with the Breakfast program.

  2. 60-plus, swindled and flat broke – all too common in the even older group care of the financ company swindles here.

    “Here’s a challenge.

    We have done well over our working life and 40 years of work. We consider ourselves entrepreneurs and have always been self-employed – buying and selling houses, businesses, adding value then flicking them on.

    In 2007, we sold a large portfolio of about $700,000 including our house. We were renting while looking at what to do next. Then we promptly lost it in the downturn through a bad investment.

    Time has gone on and we’ve had some money, but we are very stupid and got conned.

    So, here we are. I’m 67 and my husband is 60. We are totally broke and embarrassed. We are like deer in the headlights. This is the first time in six months I can even write to someone about it.

    I am on the pension and my husband has good work as a builder. But we have run out of time and at the rate we are going we won’t have a chance at getting back on the property ladder. We are renting at $400 a week and fear that this is now our lot, right through until the end of our lives.

    Do you have any suggestions as to what we could possibly do to advance our situation?”

  3. Nelly Smickers

     /  April 22, 2017

    Can you *believe* this is still happening……there have even been cases reported to the authorities here in New Zealand as well.

    These animals are nothing more than modern day *BARBARIANS* ❗

  4. lurcher1948

     /  April 22, 2017

    darn you righties are not to bad, but education CAN HELP