The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday – 3rd June 2021

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  1. I see the Canterbury farmers are asking for more government help (money) while I do have some sympathy for the farmers they are living in high risk areas prone to flooding and farming is a risky occupation with droughts etc. Due to earthquake risks our insurance for our homes in the Wellington and the Hutt Valley regions was increased by a huge amount as was those deemed to be living in other high risks area namely close to waterways and on hillsides. I don’t mind our taxes sometimes helping our farmers out but they seem to always have their hands out but don’t like it when others get help. Perhaps it is time we reduced our reliance on farming and looked to alternative avenues for generating work and food. We cannot keep doing the same, we cannot control mother nature cause we know who will lose. Also I see the Northland courgette grower Brett Heaps who made heaps of money is having a bitch about not being able to get foreign workers to slave out for him to make heaps more money. So this man has now sold his six hectare plot of land but said he was angry. Well if one thing the Covid has done it has exposed people like him and many others who have benefitted immensely from rapid immigration and cheap slave labour, courtesy of our governments laxed immigration policies. I would like to see the Treaty partner (Maori) have more say in immigration as this has effected us immensely as a people and our rights tend to get watered down and so does our status within our own country. I say this as I have seen and heard a handful of immigrants new to our country recently making outrageous unacceptable racist divisive comments about our people and our culture. And in this day and age while we as a country are trying to work hard together to control Covid we don’t need this type of carry on.

  2. I see the Canterbury famers are asking our government for more help(money) while I do have some sympathy for the farmers they are living in high risk areas prone to flooding and farming is now a very risky occupation with droughts etc. While I do have some sympathy for the farmers and I don’t mind our taxes sometimes helping our farmers out but it is becoming a bit of a habit with them having their hands out and us tax payers having to pay for some of there shoddy practises (M bovis stock tracking etc) Yet many of our farmers don’t seem to like it when others get help. Perhaps it is time we reduced our heavy reliance on farming and looked to alternative avenues for generating work and food. Diversification is being talked about but it seems to moving at the same pace as our mail system. (snail mail) Due to earthquake risks our insurances for our homes in the Wellington and the Hutt Valley regions increased by a huge amount as did those deemed to be living in other high risks area namely close to waterways and situated on hillsides. So we are all paying for mother nature something we can’t entirely control and never will.
    Also I see the Northland courgette grower Brett Heaps who made heaps of money is having a bitch about not being able to get foreign workers to slave out for him to make heaps more money. So this man has now sold his six hectare plot of land but said he was angry. Well if one thing the Covid has done it has exposed people like him and many others who have benefitted immensely from rapid cheap slave immigration labour, courtesy of our governments laxed immigration policies. I would like to see the Treaty partner (Maori) have more say in immigration as this has effected us immensely as a people and our rights tend to get watered down and so does our status within our own country. I say this as I have seen and heard a handful of immigrants new to our country recently making outrageous unacceptable racist divisive comments about our people and our culture. And in this day and age while we as a country are trying to work hard together to control Covid we don’t need this type of carry on.

  3. I see the Canterbury famers are asking our government for more help(money) while I do have some sympathy for the farmers they are living in high risk areas prone to flooding and farming is now a very risky occupation with droughts etc. While I do have some sympathy for the farmers and I don’t mind our taxes sometimes helping our farmers out but it is becoming a bit of a habit with them having their hands out and us tax payers having to pay for some of there shoddy practises (M bovis stock tracking etc) Yet many of our farmers don’t seem to like it when others get help. Perhaps it is time we reduced our heavy reliance on farming and looked to alternative avenues for generating work and food. Diversification is being talked about but it seems to moving at the same pace as our mail system. (snail mail) Due to earthquake risks our insurances for our homes in the Wellington and the Hutt Valley regions increased by a huge amount as did those deemed to be living in other high risks area namely close to waterways and situated on hillsides. So we are all paying for mother nature something we can’t entirely control and never will.
    Also I see the Northland courgette grower Brett Heaps who made heaps of money is having a bitch about not being able to get foreign workers to slave out for him to make heaps more money. So this man has now sold his six hectare plot of land but said he was angry. Well if one thing the Covid has done it has exposed people like him and many others who have benefitted immensely from rapid cheap slave immigration labour, courtesy of our governments laxed immigration policies. I would like to see the Treaty partner (Maori) have more say in immigration as this has effected us immensely as a people and our rights tend to get watered down and so does our status within our own country. I say this as I have seen and heard a handful of immigrants new to our country recently making outrageous unacceptable racist divisive comments about our people and our culture. And in this day and age while we as a country are trying to work hard together to control Covid we don’t need this type of carry on.

  4. I see the Canterbury famers are asking our government for more help(money) while I do have some sympathy for the farmers they are living in high risk areas prone to flooding and farming is now a very risky occupation with droughts etc. While I do have some sympathy for the farmers and I don’t mind our taxes sometimes helping our farmers out but it is becoming a bit of a habit with them having their hands out and us tax payers having to pay for some of there shoddy practises (M bovis stock tracking etc) Yet many of our farmers don’t seem to like it when others get help. Perhaps it is time we reduced our heavy reliance on farming and looked to alternative avenues for generating work and food. Diversification is being talked about but it seems to moving at the same pace as our mail system. (snail mail) Due to earthquake risks our insurances for our homes in the Wellington and the Hutt Valley regions increased by a huge amount as did those deemed to be living in other high risks area namely close to waterways and situated on hillsides. So we are all paying for mother nature something we can’t entirely control and never will.
    Also I see the Northland courgette grower Brett Heaps who made heaps of money is having a bitch about not being able to get foreign workers to slave out for him to make heaps more money. So this man has now sold his six hectare plot of land but said he was angry. Well if one thing the Covid has done it has exposed people like him and many others who have benefitted immensely from rapid cheap slave immigration labour, courtesy of our governments laxed immigration policies. I would like to see the Treaty partner (Maori) have more say in immigration as this has effected us immensely as a people and our rights tend to get watered down and so does our status within our own country. I say this as I have seen and heard a handful of immigrants new to our country recently making outrageous unacceptable racist divisive comments about our people and our culture. And in this day and age while we as a country are trying to work hard together to control Covid we don’t need this type of carry on.

  5. This government under Jacinda appears to be the most cunning one I have come across. Again they pat themselves on their backs for increasing benefits. Truth is, and Ricardo Menendez March as Greens MP and former AAAP activist, he raised it by way of questioning in Parliament today, they will shaft the ones most in need yet again, as they did last year.

    https://ondemand.parliament.nz/parliament-tv-on-demand/?itemId=218739

    Those on Temporary Additional Support (TAS) and Special Benefits (SB) will have their extra support CUT in return for the main benefit increases. Any increase in income will under the present calculation formula lead to a reduction in extra support, so those most in need, they will not get the supposed 50 or more dollars promised by the government at all!

    That is because they have not changed thresholds for calculating the extra TAS or SB and the formula will see to it, that people MOST in need will not get much more of an increase at all.

    https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/map/income-support/extra-help/special-benefit/example-without-dependent-children-01.html

    https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/map/income-support/extra-help/special-benefit/changes-and-reviews-special-benefit/change-in-income-01.html

    https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/map/income-support/extra-help/special-benefit/standard-costs-01.html

    https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/map/deskfile/extra-help-information/special-benefit-tables/standard-cost-rates.html

    Standard costs are set by the Ministry every year for calculating SB, and similar formula are used for calculating TAS, so if the income increases, that will be considered in calculations also involving standard costs and so, and that will lead to a reduction in TAS or SB. The complicated review and calculation formulas used will see to it that even main benefit increases will lead to CUTs in supplementary support, thus leaving many, possibly 80 thousand on benefits worse off.

    It is extra complicated, most do not even understand this, even the government MPs will have no shit clue about all this. So they may celebrate the great benefit increases for some, while most in need, already needing extra support, will have the extra support cut, as the ‘income’, including the main benefit increases.

    Carmel Sepuloni has not assured those needing extra support that they will end up with significant more after benefit increases. She is not up front.

    What a shambles this is, Jacinda is made look as the greatest welfare swindler of all times, I fear.

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