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A tale of contrasts…


Once upon a time, there was a small nation at the bottom of the world, where the people were proud of their egalitarianism…

Then they f****d it all up.

To he, who has plenty, they gave $100,000. Not because he saved lives or raised families out of poverty. He got it because he was leaving a high-paid job after just nine months in employment,


ACC pays $100,000 bonus to former chief executive



From he, who has very little, they took away $3.73 (per week). Not because he did something wrong, but because a government department – supported by aParty in power that looks down on the poor – could.


Jobless battler takes on Winz for a $3 cause



$3.73. That buys a ‘budget’ loaf of bread and maybe a small block of cheese or bottle of milk.

$100,000 – buys an upmarket sports car or a good deposit on a nice house.

Who needs the money the most; Mr Stewart or Mr Holmes?

Welcome to New Zealand, circa 2013AD.

Are we proud of what we’ve become?



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  1. Theodore
    19 February 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Well said. I think that sums up New Zealand to the hilt. And no, not something to be proud of at all.

  2. 20 February 2013 at 7:13 am

    How do we stop it?

    • 20 February 2013 at 1:41 pm

      We use the power of our vote, Allyson.

      And if we each find one extra person who hasn’t voted before, and persuade them to support Labour, the Greens, or Mana – then we’re on the road to recovery.

      It’s not going to be easy, but I have faith in the power of the ballot-box (my only admission to naivete).


  3. Strawberry Paddocks
    20 February 2013 at 11:39 am

    I’m shocked. It’s disgusting what kind of society we’ve become. To take $3 of the poorest of the poor and give $100,000 to a high paid executive is disgusting.

  4. K
    20 February 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Heyya Frank,

    Good to see you will be joining BB on TheDailyBlog shortly : )

    Just wanted to point out the other contrast between what they pay ACC clients. I think it’s $25 K for loss of a limb. For sexual abuse, after insisting rape symptoms were infact part of an undiagnosed “personality disorder” thus lessening your % of cover, you might be very very luck to see a couple of grand.

    Priorities, priorities.

    • 20 February 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks for that, ‘K’.

      Always good to get extra info from folk… *thumbs up*

  5. 26 February 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I wish every single person would read this. I dont want to move over seas because this is my home but im being forced to stay here broke because i dont meet requirements. I need help is that not enough said??? Not anymore. I get jabbed in the back by people who have jobs.
    i just loved all your information. Im sharing it with anyone who will listen to me and anyone who wont !!! And have you seen how we are now taking in all the refugess that austrlia refuses??? is that not dodgy?? They come here to have first priority over us and then their numbers join our aleady high status for Work and Income, and Housing, which makes it look worse when it was the government that bluddy made it like that!!!! Rip off NZ!!!

    • 27 February 2013 at 12:50 am

      Cheers for that, Tara. And yes, more and more folk are reading my blog (if the number of ‘hits’ is anything to go by. Last year, there were 113,554 views of various pages I’ve written. So it’s getting “out there”.

      I’m hoping things will pick up and get better for you. And just maybe, a new government will do the right things to help ordinary folk around the country, and that means jobs, housing, education and school meals for our kids…

      All the things that National hasn’t a clue about.

      All the best, Tara.

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