Kia ora Ms Sepuloni,
In this weekend’s Christchurch Press there is an article which includes the following comment from the mother of a low-income family:
“You can ask WINZ but it depends who you see. Sometimes it feels like you’re taking the money out of their wallet, and you walk off feeling like a piece of crap”.
I’m a New Zealander who feels frustrated and angry when I continue to read stories like this eight months after your government was elected to power and you assumed the role of Minister of Social Development. My questions are:
When will low-income citizens stop being treated like crap by WINZ?
When will you demand an end to this assault on our most vulnerable families?
When will the senior leadership of WINZ, who inculcated a toxic culture of blame and shame at all levels of the organisation on behalf of the previous National government, be required to resign?