How did we just have an election and not focus on half a million kiwis needing food charity each month???


It truly says something about how much the last election was a class war fought for landlords and property speculators that this wasn’t mentioned once this election…

Cost of living crisis: More than half a million people rely on food charity each month

Hundreds of thousands of people are relying on an Auckland food charity each month as the cost of living crisis pushes them to the brink.   

The New Zealand Food Network rescues food that would normally end up in landfills and give it to families in need. It is dealing with a drastic spike in the number of people needing help.   

CEO Gavin Findlay told Newshub months of high living costs are starting to collide for many Kiwis and they’re unable to afford the basics.   

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“Earlier on in the year, we kind of took a pulse of post-COVID needs and we saw an 165 percent rise in demand for services across our food hubs. Six months later, it’s risen by another 20 percent.  

“We thought the demand would kind of flatten out after COVID but obviously the cost of living is really prevalent.”  

…half a million fellow Kiwis are dependent on food charity each month in a rigged capitalism that the IRD told us is biased in favour of the rich.

Shouldn’t it shock us all that we didn’t know it was half a million each month and that it was never mentioned?

This election was a class war against the poor but because the middle class woke activists have robbed the political vocabulary with their ‘Me! Me! Me!’ identify virtue signalling, there was no language to describe what just happened to renters.

Half a million need food charity every month, but tell me again why we must persecute people for misusing pronouns and not loving Te Reo enough.

Here are the true winners of woke identity politics.

White men in blue suits.

I fear the half a million Kiwis needing food charities each month will despise the Left for our incremental solutions.


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  1. The Left did focus on the growing inequality in NZ/Ao and gained some support and reward. Greens and TPM lifted their combined share of the vote from 9.1% in 2020 to 13.4% in 2023.
    The central neoliberal parties, Nat/Lab weren’t in the least bit concerned about poverty and inequality. Their share of the vote fell from 75.6% to 65.9% for the same period.
    The real problem is that the conservative/right parties NZF/ Act grew their vote from 10.2% to 15.5%.
    The sad conclusion is that the majority of Kiwi not only don’t care if you are poor and struggling but consider that it is your own fault if you are in that position.

    • I don’t know why but even when the most humane fair people in NZ get their own home then something occurs where they start to slowly degrade into the most selfish and horrific form of humanity. All of a sudden they start seeing capital gains increase, this switches something on in the brain, they start seeing this gain as a result of their hard work. Therefore others not getting this free money are not hard working? They cannot see it for what it actually is, which is a corruption of the system whereby the Reserve Bank of NZ and the Treasury manipulate the markets to make the rich asset owners feel richer through house price gains, even when house prices should actually be falling (eg COVID). We need research into what this does to the human brain and we need to know what new hormones are produced by Capital Gains. I imagine if you did a proper investigation and actually did a brain examination of a multiple property owning landlord who has recently passed, that when you cut off the scalp using a circular saw all that would seep out would be a black/green stinking toxic sludge of hate. The system needs to reset and this corruption of decent people needs to stop. Lets get our humanity back, our societal cohesion. These unfair fixed capital gains are destroying all of us, even those who think they are “getting ahead”, they may be “winning” comparing themselves to non home owners but the unfairness is destroying the whole of society, which means we are all losing, its just that some are losing much more than others.

      • I dont think hatred is the issue. IT is greed that most venal of sins. Greed and the lure of filthy lucre will find excuses for any behaviour. That is what twists brains.

    • Exactly this!
      Social justice and economic justice aren’t an either/or, in many ways it’s the same struggle

  2. Kei te Pai. Same shit …. as the saying goes.
    I’m wondering about the $1m per day motel bill. That slipped under the campaigning radar for all parties on the trail. What’s gunna happen to them? More Hot Chillis tunes from under-the-bridge type accommodation?

    It’s a conundrum? Or it’s on the ‘I Don’t Give A Fuck’ list?

  3. Another reason why Labour is out . Most of the volunteers at food banks are retired middle class who vote and we saw first hand the effect of Labour’s running of the country .
    6 years ago many were full of hope but as numbers swell the sadden increased.The poor were effected badly by covid and it will take a lot to improve life for the poor not just promises.

    • Thank you for your work in the community Trevor.
      Do you seriously think this change of government will make a difference to what you see happening? I hope you are right, but I fear you are not.
      I don’t think Mr. Luxon is on the same page as you, he has other priorities.
      He’s already used very insulting language to describe the people you help which doesn’t bode well.

    • One more reason why Labour is out: some 22% eligible voters didn’t vote and I suspect many are the half a million needing food charity. May be wrong. But so hard to engage when times are desperate and ‘the government’ is seen to be at fault.

  4. Why ? Because MSM hacks control the narrative, and the government controls them, that’s why. The savage kneecapping of the Commissioner for Children was sidelined too. Ardern’s ‘child povidy’ mantra wasn’t as provocative as declaring critics of just about everything transphobic, homophobic, racist, or sexist, and achieving nothing useful by doing so.

  5. Silly goose! You get what you vote for. Now sit back and enjoy the ride. The white men know what they’re doing.

  6. Don’t worry Martyn, according to that National party propagandist agent Mike Hosking on ZB Big brother Radio, he said that Act is trying to introduce a Bill that commits NZ to follow Lockstep the Policies of the United States, instead of exercising our own Sovereignty as a Independent Nation, so that we fall in line with America deathcult Western Capitalism model that has failed their Citizens so badly so expect Foodstamps for the Poor, more Gun rights, perhaps a NZ version of America’s 2nd amendment right to bear arms & more Charter schools with Privatisation of Education & Housing & NZ’s Public Health system? That mongrel Stephen Joyce who has interests in Winton, the Property group that was sueing Kainga Ora, has been brought in by Luxon as a Govt advisor so expect them to privatise Social Housing & it’s assets, thats a given? Oh of course National will use the Act Party as a foil & cover for ramming through these Neoliberal Policies & extreme Right wing legislation so Act gets the blame, not them? This National Party’s Transition Team to Govt consists of People from Big Business, the Farming lobby & the Real Estate classes, all that Lobbyists money that was given to elect the Nats is now being setup to formulate Policy that suits them, its payback time for them, this is the most corrupt, pay for play Govt ever elected & your article shows that feeding the poor is not a priority for them, it’s feeding the Rich that counts to National under the bald moron Luxon? “Let them eat Cake” was the catch cry that brought about the French Revolution but the National Party is saying to the poor of this Nation “Let them eat Nothing” that’s the contempt they have for the poor in this Country!

    • FFS Antboy, a new govt isn’t even in parliament yet and you are full of ‘whataboutisms’ and ‘whatifs’ and maybe they will do this and that…
      Remember that the most precious to Labour, the working class and poor, got fucked over and poverty rose homelessness rose under the last 6 years.
      Reading your ‘ohh work is me’ posts you would think it’s been 6 years of National you are bitching about, as Martyns post above….it was a disastrous 6 years under Labour for the poor and renters.
      You may moan that it will get worse under National, but Labour have set a bloody low bar, so things can’t get much worse!

  7. The Whitemen of Westminster will always win because the system is, was and will be stacked and rigged in their favour for the forseeable future.

    They designed it to benefit themselves first and foremost. To them it ain’t broke so it don’t need fixin’.

    Bless their little cottonsocks.

  8. ‘How did we just have an election and not focus on half a million kiwis needing food charity each month???’
    Because we’re an idiocracy dumbasses. Let em eat Brawndo!
    Our rage, our violent anger should target Labour. What useless wankers they are. National was waaaaaay ahead of labour in putting up its feeble little hoardings cowering behind the other, lessor whimper parties. The best labour could come up with was the puerile, pointless catchphrase ‘In it for you’ I mean, how absolutely fucked. How pathetic. Labour watched on has national crawled up to the chopping block then stick it’s neck out while handing Chipkins an axe and instead of cutting Baldylocks’s head off Labour turned around and chopped both its feet off instead. Look, I know Labour’s neo-liberal, right. Steven Minto did a fantastic job of explaining what it means to live within a neo-liberal regime such as ours but this is fucking ridiculous!
    Look dipshits! We all live on a stunningly beautiful few Islands miles away from psycho cunts and we STILL can’t see the deep dark woods for the little twinkle-sparkle trees. We have a paradise here! There are only 5.2 million of us IN TOTAL! Our primary industry is agriculture and we yet we still go hungry! Are you pathetic fucks kidding? No wonder rogers little flat feet were able to walk all over you. No wonder the moron class re elected their abusers to come back and have another go. We’ve eaten too much sugar and it’s turned us into Walmartians! We’re far from sad and useless but we’re getting pushed ever closer to it.
    Here’s what’s going to happen on our burning planet which is already starting to show signs of fatal decay.
    We AO/NZ’ers are going to be sold like slave-bitches to big piles of foreign money, then we’ll REALLY be fucked but wait, there’s more. It’ll be our fault for being so unbelievably fucking stupid. And weak, actually. We can bash each other up in pub car parks and smack the missus and the kids but when it comes to fighting the neo-liberal Mafia we’re only to be found cuing up at anger management courses.

  9. What we should be talking about is all those millions in donations that came from vested interests, now have those vested interests advising National what to because of their inexperience. Does no one see the irony that National are using consultants to tell them how to put money their pockets! It’s a f’ing joke. Where are all those strokers that were outraged over Mahuta now? F’ing hypocrites

    • Yeah agree with you Wheel and Mahutas’ husband contract will be minute in comparison to what these greedy mother fuckers are getting now I don’t like to swear but my blood is starting to boil.

    • Business people invested in sporting National because they knew another 3 years of Labour would see them ankrupt and the thought of Labour working with TPM or Greens sent a shiver down their spin. They do not need or get special treatment but with National in chargevof immigration and work laws thinks will be better for business Hopefully there will be less crime and the waste of money on extra staff for protection will not be needed as much

      • Based on what Trevor? Where are the actual numbers that remotely hint at that? You hear sound bites and lap it up. If it’s that dire there is no way National should be awarding their donors in the real estate industry or giving tax cuts. Don’t give me some riddle about reducing spend by laying off thousands. That won’t be a cheap exercise either.

  10. The unpropertied, bottom-feeding underclass have no voice or representation. The endgame is violence. Open the floodgates!

      • You don’t vote BWAV, your points made are moot!
        You don’t have a say if you don’t participate in voting, irrespective of what side you are on, your moaning means nothing.

        • Whatever made you think such nonsense ? Seriously, did you read that somewhere and decided it was gospel ? Or maybe your Dad used to browbeat the family with it at get togethers ?

          If you think by ticking your wee box in a popularity contest every 3 years to choose the next team to champion the Westminster System’s cause gives your opinion any more gravitas, you’ve been sadly misinformed.

          Your attitude is reminiscent of colonial landowners who disenfranchised Pasifikan voters because we owned land collectively not privately.

          Check out the history of Hawaii when a handful of rich white landowners created a system where only they could vote and then voted to overthrow the native monarchy and bribe the U.S government to annex and enshrine their right to rule.

          Your frail stale pale male views are becoming more and more irrelevant everyday. We as Pasifikans will assimilate you. Resistance is futile.

          • BWAV, You remind me of Rick from ‘The young ones’, nothing more than an an idealistic man boy playing at being a revolutionist and anarchist!
            But actually just a lonely man the rest of the world (and his friends) feel sorry for.
            Thanks for the laugh, please keep it up…and don’t moan and groan when your mum pops down to the basement to change your sheets, they do need regular washing whether you agree or not ….bed sheets are not supposed to break, it’s not natural.

          • ‘We as Pasifikans will assimilate you. Resistance is futile.’
            Haahaa, there is more immigrants coming in each parliamentary term than there is ‘pacificans’ lol
            How ‘radical’ of you to think so though! awww bless.

  11. And the reason 500K people need food from charities?
    Simple answer, socialism allows the least capable and useful members of society to outbreed the rest of us.
    The fact that people don’t see this is both unsurprising and shocking.
    Your very “solution” to the problem is the cause.
    Prior to the welfare boom, such problems were rare rather than due jour.

  12. This is long but the result of observation and thought – could it go in towards the end of the flow of comments or held back till others have had their less lengthy say so I don’t smother the comments line? I’ve referenced some links before but they stand repetition and become more pertinent as we advance then fall back – the present reminds me of what I read about the Somme.

    Yesterday I put in OM that Dire Straits Money for Nothing has big meaning for us. It seemed pointed at the pollies and wealthy movers and groovers, financiers, Treasury officials, economists, amateur people movers – such are politicians, and trained grifters as too many of the administration and contractors to government are.

    Now we have supinely accepted this unholy bunch I choose another couple of Dire Straits work to illustrate the situation. First is the attractive luscious langorous guitar work in Private Investigations
    – just right for relaxing to after your Walk –
    I am referring to The Walk of Life. (official vid – you choose)

    If we want something we have to think for ourselves, walk up to the work and get life. No-one is going to give it to us. People made getting a better life for others their big obsession in the 19-20th centuries, sacrificed much, cried with relief when they made changes that were good in law or other disciplines. We accepted them, used them, and slipped back into apathetic acceptance of the very wrongs and faults of before. Good things are to be enjoyed and then a good deed passed on to the others around us, and also to further in the world. So I am sure, we must find others with a practical vision for helping others with some skill we possess which will help others and us, to find value in our lives through finding and using those innate skills. Do the Walk of Life and let’s remember poems and songs and music are oil that aid the turning of the mind.

    WHAuden verses from 1 September 1939 are the crux, the hub – speak of what we need to do.
    From the conservative dark
    Into the ethical life
    The dense commuters come,
    Repeating their morning vow;
    “I will be true to the wife,
    I’ll concentrate more on my work,”
    And helpless governors wake
    To resume their compulsory game:
    Who can release them now,
    Who can reach the deaf,
    Who can speak for the dumb?

    All I have is a voice
    To undo the folded lie,
    The romantic lie in the brain
    Of the sensual man-in-the-street
    And the lie of Authority
    Whose buildings grope the sky:
    There is no such thing as the State
    And no one exists alone;
    Hunger allows no choice
    To the citizen or the police;
    We must love one another or die.

    Defenceless under the night
    Our world in stupor lies;
    Yet, dotted everywhere,
    Ironic points of light
    Flash out wherever the Just
    Exchange their messages:
    May I, composed like them
    Of Eros and of dust,
    Beleaguered by the same
    Negation and despair,
    Show an affirming flame.,_1939

    I think this is deathless work and so good. But we need to discuss what we do for value and clarity. An example of how we can get lost in thoughts and words is in how Auden himself was dissatisfied with his own poem – trying to make a point, arouse an understanding that was true to what he observed and felt, I suppose.
    Even though “September 1, 1939” became one of his best-known poems, Auden later criticized the poem for its “incurable dishonesty,” and he revised it several times. He removed the final stanza in 1945 before repudiating the poem entirely by leaving it out of his Collected Shorter Poems (1966).

    Musings from In Memory of W.B. Yeats WHAuden-
    …But in the importance and noise of to-morrow
    When the brokers are roaring like beasts on the floor of the bourse,
    And the poor have the sufferings to which they are fairly accustomed
    And each in the cell of himself is almost convinced of his freedom
    A few thousand will think of this day
    As one thinks of a day when one did something slightly unusual.

    You were silly like us; your gift survived it all:
    The parish of rich women, physical decay,
    Yourself. Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.
    Now Ireland has her madness and her weather still,
    For poetry makes nothing happen: it survives
    In the valley of its making where executives
    Would never want to tamper, flows on south
    From ranches of isolation and the busy griefs,
    Raw towns that we believe and die in; it survives,
    A way of happening, a mouth.

    Are these words for us? Do they speak to our inner being, our souls, our subconscious; whatever? They’d better get a reaction or dessicated ‘pecuns’ and AI will step into the breach for sure.

  13. The country is headed for a civil/racial war so one way or other the problem of neoliberalism and wanker governments will be sorted out.

    • They have their coffee shops and a seat in the sun at the moment. They cannot imagine it being different, which says more about their lack of imagination than the trouble that is coming.

      • Oh Joy you’re so right. It makes us laugh ironically to see the clarity of this statement for the short time before the world turns again, like a hanging prism casting colours onto a wall of faces. Poetic eh!

        • Greywarbler, your post further up is brilliant. Many edifying writers have expressed these ideas before and we are old enough to know that what they saw, is happening again.
          ‘Our world in stupor lies.’
          Bread and circuses.
          Coffee and facebook.
          All we can do is look after our own small circle and protect them from the coming storm.
          Let’s hope those ‘ironic points of light’ are visible to others and will help to sustain us all.
          We can’t depend on our elected representatives to do anything. We have 3 old men (yes, DS, you are like an old man) too busy trying to be top dog.

  14. Rant and us rave, their leader, now saying im a ceo, thats my lead, why, political not knowing, leaving these others advice, to say.

  15. 6 years of a Labour Government (3 years with a majority) ends with half a million Kiwis needing food charity each month.

    One can see why Labour didn’t want to talk about it.

  16. Yes he need for food parcels has increased under Labour. I knew this because the money I regularly give to charaties is often responded to with emails and newsletters telling me how much demand has increased.

    In Auckland anyway the 11c a litre odd petrol (tax) will undoubtably help

  17. Neo Liberalism has breed a selfish and self centred society.
    There’s no argument you see it all around us including how we vote.
    Shame on us for accepting it.

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